Monday, April 19, 2010
PUBLICATION: Global Research Report: Africa
A new report examines the nature and extent of research in Africa:
This report provides an introduction to patterns of research activity in Africa. Its overall finding is that, whilst the volume of research activity on the continent as a whole remains small, individual countries are making notable and effective contributions of a high standard.
The challenges that Africa faces are enormous and indigenous research could help provide both effective and focused responses. This research finds little correlation between the amount and range of resources a country has at its disposal and the standard and volume of its research contributions. For example Malawi, with one-tenth the annual research output of Nigeria, produces research of a quality that exceeds the world average benchmark while Nigeria hovers around half that impact level.