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Thursday, 19 July 2012

EU-Africa science cooperation: a matter of replacing rhetoric with action

According to an article by the Science and Development Network, European cooperation with Africa on science “needs redefining”. The non-profit organisation which aims to provide reliable information about science and technology for the developing world, reproduces some of the statements made at the Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (ESOF), in Ireland last week, which pointed out that the framework for cooperation on science does not address wide-ranging needs and challenges faced by African countries.
Speaking at the Forum, Ismail Serageldin, director of the New Library of Alexandria in Egypt, stated that Europe should not limit its science and technology cooperation with Africa merely to funding, but also involve the continent in European flagship research initiatives, and implement 'twinning' programmes that "promote real action on the ground in Africa”. "There is a need to translate rhetoric into action […] rhetoric is not equal to action", he stated.

Source: cience and Development Network