July 1, 2014

Africa’s mobile boom powers innovation economy

Innovation is happening all over Africa in all different sectors, from education to energy, banking to agriculture. “It’s the best kind of innovation – the problem-solving innovation born out of necessity,” says Toby Shapshak, editor and publisher of the South African version of Stuff magazine says. Read more […]

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July 1, 2014

Africa’s mobile boom powers innovation economy

Innovation is happening all over Africa in all different sectors, from education to energy, banking to agriculture. “It’s the best kind of innovation – the problem-solving innovation born out of necessity,” says Toby Shapshak, editor and publisher of the South African version of Stuff magazine says. Read more […]

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June 30, 2014

Seven ways to assist health research in developing nations

A guide released yesterday details seven principles for good practice in strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). The document was put together by a partnership of funding agencies from around the world called ESSENCE on Health Research (Enhancing Support for Strengthening the Effectiveness of National Capacity Efforts). Read more […]

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June 30, 2014

Seven ways to assist health research in developing nations

A guide released yesterday details seven principles for good practice in strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). The document was put together by a partnership of funding agencies from around the world called ESSENCE on Health Research (Enhancing Support for Strengthening the Effectiveness of National Capacity Efforts). Read more […]

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June 27, 2014

South African Scientist Leads Triple Black Hole Discovery

Cape Town astronomer Roger Deane and a team of South African-funded researchers have discovered a trio of closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than 4-billion light years away – confirmation of the country’s fast-growing expertise in the field of radio astronomy. The discovery of the triple black hole system, the tightest trio […]

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June 26, 2014

Making higher education work for Africa

Higher education is taking a more prominent place in debates over Africa’s future. But efforts to boost advanced university degrees have been fraught with difficulties. How should graduate training change so it better aligns with development needs and employment opportunities? This Spotlight presents an in-depth analysis including opinions, facts and figures, and key resources. It […]

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June 25, 2014

Building on digital libraries’ growing momentum

Institutional repositories are increasing in number, improving access to online archiving and preserving and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual output of research institutions. Doors are opening for students in low-income countries to access instructional and tutorial materials from leading universities in the developed world at the touch of a button. Read more […]

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June 24, 2014

Leaders must be serious about Climate Change- Former Prez. Kufuor

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has asked world leaders, especially, African governments to show serious political commitment towards addressing climate change issues and find ways to mitigate its impacts on their people He said the inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which seeks to assess the progress in understanding climate change, confirms that climate change […]

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June 23, 2014

Africa Analysis: Link S&T investments to development

Africa should do more to assess whether boosting science and tech leads to development, writes Linda Nordling.  A popular principle in policymaking circles is that investment in science, technology and innovation (STI) will translate into improved national competitiveness and, ultimately, development success. Read the full article here […]

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June 20, 2014

Focus on Gender: Rooting SDG commitments in reality

A UN working group has recently released a ‘zero’ draft proposing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire next year. Some experts have criticised the draft because it lacks detail on how the goals might be delivered. But the draft does contain some concrete points about how to empower women. […]

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