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August 2014

Interview by Ochieng' Ogodo; Film by Jon Spaull

Catherine Kaluwa, a PhD student from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, talks about the journey she has taken from walking barefoot to school to researching the efficacy of plants that women in her homeland have traditionally taken for family planning. She also outlines some of the challenges she has faced as a female researcher working in a male-dominated profession.

July 2014
             
 

SIG is pleased to announce that the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) has been designated a RISE Affiliate Network.

Established in 2004 by the Science Initiative Group in partnership with TWAS and the African Academy of Sciences, AMMSI is a distributed network of mathematics research, training and promotion throughout Africa, with six regional offices from Rabat in the north to Gaborone in the south. The AMMSI Program Director is Professor Wandera Ogana of the University of Nairobi.

Bringing AMMSI under the RISE umbrella will provide increased opportunities for collaboration, particularly between AMMSI researchers and RISE students and graduates whose work has a quantitative component. This affiliation will strengthen RISE by adding a discipline that underpins much of the work taking place within the five core networks and by substantially broadening its geographic reach. Above all, the RISE-AMMSI affiliation will facilitate networking among the next generation of African scientists and mathematicians as science becomes ever more collaborative and interdisciplinary.

        

July 2014

by Aamna Mohdin, SciDev.Net

Developing and emerging countries should more closely link up education and technology policies to produce the technical skills needed to boost their economies and "close the income gap with advanced countries", according to a report by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

The report, Perspectives on Global Development 2014 launched this month in Paris, France, highlights a mismatch between the skills that the economies of developing and emerging countries need and training being offered to people.

For instance, it says that in a number of African countries industrial labour costs are high relative to workers’ productivity because of a shortage of trained engineers.

Unless labour productivity is increased, many developing and emerging countries will not be able to close the income gap with advanced economies for many decades, the report warns.

Article here.

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