A World Bank official said on Monday that Africa needs to scale up its research capability to boost growth and reduce poverty.
Roberta Malee Bassett, global lead for tertiary education at the World Bank, told Xinhua in Nairobi that research is gaining prominence because the world is moving towards a knowledge economy.
“Africa needs locally driven and relevant research that will develop solutions to boost economic development and reduce poverty,” Bassett said during the 7th Technical and Appraisal Meeting of the East and Southern African Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project. (ACEII).
The objective of the two-day meeting is to review common challenges faced by the African centers of excellence.
The World Bank has provided a 3 billion shillings (30 million U.S. dollars) grant for eight centers of excellence selected in east and central Africa.
Bassett said that the centers of excellence will create a regional network of high quality world class research centers in Africa that will generate a quorum of well trained and qualified post graduates who will populate the workforce across the continent.
She observed that more and more African countries are beginning to increase their investments in Africa.
The World Bank official noted that most research in the continent is funded by the public sector as the private sector is still developing.
She noted that research is key because it forms the basis of development of new products that will uplift the lives of residents of the continent. Enditem