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The US National Academies African Science Academy Development Initiative: Harnessing Science and Technology Expertise for Development in Afr

by Patrick Kelley  

At the root of many obstacles hindering sustainable development in Africa today one often finds problems susceptible to scientifically-driven solutions. Tackling challenges such as AIDS, malaria, hunger, lack of safe water, and high maternal mortality is central to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for 2015. Innovative science and technology solutions will be essential to their achievement. Science also has a central role in identifying sustainable and effective means to alleviate poverty and create the modicum of wealth needed for advancement. Africa, though, has limited and unevenly distributed scientific capacity, and the capacity found in academia and industry is not sufficiently integrated into national and regional policymaking to have the desired impact on policy and planning.


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