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Three networks of universities in sub-Saharan Africa have been named as the first to benefit from a new partnership initiative to build scientific capacity in Africa. The Regional Initiative in Science and Education, RISE, will provide grants - each worth $800,000 - over two and a half years to the three networks which are based in South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania but also involve universities in eight African countries. Article here.

USA Embassy in Botswana Charge d'Affaires, Mr. Scott Hamilton officially launched UB Node of African Materials Science and Engineering Network (AMSEN) on October 13, 2009 at the Old UB Staff Lounge. The other member universities are University of Namibia, University of Nairobi, Witwatersrand University, South Africa and Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria.

CSIR Biosciences in March welcomed two doctoral students from Tanzania and Malawi as part of a human capital development initiative to boost the science, engineering and technology base on the continent and indirectly assist African countries to progress towards a knowledge-based economy.

The discovery in Uganda last year of one of Sub-Saharan Africa's largest onshore oil fields might seem like good news for all people in the impoverished nation.

But, as experience from other countries such as Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria has shown, oil revenues tend to enrich the few and fail to improve life for the majority.