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Three East African universities have benefited from part of a USD $1.6 million grant from Carnegie Corporation in New York to two university based research networks in Africa. University of Nairobi, Uganda's Makerere University and Tanzania's Sokoine University were awarded US$800,000 through their Natural Products Network of Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA). NAPRECA aims to increase competence in science and technology of natural products to foster socio-economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Millennium Science Initiative is the new kid on the block of international science. It came out of science's favorite process—serendipity—and its mission is to nurture world-class science and scientific talent in the developing world. One of its lasting results may be to slow, if not halt the brain drain of young scientists from developing countries. In the four years since the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) was launched in collaboration with the World Bank, it has established 10 research institutes in Chile, 5 research entities in Mexico, and seventeen projects in Brazil.

Adenike Olasiende, a student in the RISE-AMSEN network, has been selected as a recipient of the Tata Africa Scholarship, which is awarded to women scientists in areas in which the participation of women is traditionally low. Read about the winners of the South African Women in Science Awards here.

A delegation from Vietnam traveled to South America in August 2005 to visit MSIs in Brazil and Chile and to learn more about designing and implementing similar programs in their home country. In Chile, the eight-person Vietnamese delegation, led by the Vice-minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Bui Manh Hai, spent considerable time with Claudio Wernli and Maria Elena Boisier of the Chilean Secretariat. They were especially interested in the processes involved in designing the MSI and organizing the competition of scientists wishing to participate.

As more African nations emerge from post-colonial turmoil, most of their leaders have agreed on the importance of strengthening their own science, technology and innovation capacity. As in other societies around the world, such capacity is rooted in the knowledge embodied in universities and their students, faculty and graduates who use and disseminate this knowledge to develop food security and innovate ways of increasing food production, as well as energy resources, public health skills, and economic growth. Article here.

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