This topic is inspired by BBC Africa's recent question.
The African Union is apparently meeting in Ethiopia to discuss the 'crisis' in African science and technology, concerning the brain drain.
Here are a few questions to encourage the discussion.
Does anyone know the condition of home-grown scientific and technological advances? What are the challenges of practising science and in Africa? What needs to be done to overcome them? Do our potential researchers and scientists have the tools they need to be successful? Can innovation in science play a role in Africa's socio-economic development? Are you a scientist or do you have a desire to be one?
link to BBC Africa discussion
I will base my piece on the bit about challenges of practising Science in Africa. From an observer's perspective, i think one of the big challenges facing them is funding and the difficulty of convincing governments, agencies, philantropists or even the general populace to support their projects. This leads to a loss of motivation and a waste of know-how because in the end all they get to do is take up some 'twetwepoaa' projects because that is the only thing within their financial scope. Any big ideas are shoved to the back of the cupboard to gather dust.
What's more we are notoriously guilty as Africans for always wanting to see something before believing. This does not help long term scientific projects which might need a lot of time and effort to get a break through. Any such delays and people lose faith and cast it as unworkable.
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