AFRICAN NATIONS URGED TO RECOGNIZE ROLE OF RESEARCH DATA IN DEVELOPMENT

ACCRA– Professor Kwesi Yankah, Ghana’s Minister of State for Tertiary Education, has opened the inaugural conference of the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) here Thursday with a call to African governments to recognize the critical role of research data in the development of the continent.

They must also bridge the gap between data and policy, he added while lamenting the perennial lack of research data in Africa as well as the disconnect between research data and policy formulation on the continent, a situation which is hampering growth.

He noted that the issue of research and knowledge construction was one of Africa’s weakest points and “a disaster area”, considering the need for data to diagnose and provide solutions for the continent’s problems.

While Africa accounts for 12 per cent of the world’s population, it only contributes a little over one per cent of the global research output, as against three per cent for Latin America, 27 per cent for Europe, 32 per cent for North America and 31 per cent for Asia, he noted.

This, he said, put a needless negative spotlight on Africa as lacking data, even about itself, for planning, often relying on external agencies for data about the continent.

He attributed the cause of the negligible research output partly to the inertia of African governments and stakeholders towards research, a problem reflected by the fact that African governments spent far less on research than those in other parts of the world.

While countries like the Republic of Korea and Israel spend about 3.7 per cent and 4.2 per cent of their GDP respectively on research, most African countries spend less than 0.5 per cent of their GDP on research, less than the African Union benchmark of one per cent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

AFRICAN NATIONS URGED TO RECOGNIZE ROLE OF RESEARCH DATA IN DEVELOPMENT

ACCRA– Professor Kwesi Yankah, Ghana’s Minister of State for Tertiary Education, has opened the inaugural conference of the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) here Thursday with a call to African governments to recognize the critical role of research data in the development of the continent.

They must also bridge the gap between data and policy, he added while lamenting the perennial lack of research data in Africa as well as the disconnect between research data and policy formulation on the continent, a situation which is hampering growth.

He noted that the issue of research and knowledge construction was one of Africa’s weakest points and “a disaster area”, considering the need for data to diagnose and provide solutions for the continent’s problems.

While Africa accounts for 12 per cent of the world’s population, it only contributes a little over one per cent of the global research output, as against three per cent for Latin America, 27 per cent for Europe, 32 per cent for North America and 31 per cent for Asia, he noted.

This, he said, put a needless negative spotlight on Africa as lacking data, even about itself, for planning, often relying on external agencies for data about the continent.

He attributed the cause of the negligible research output partly to the inertia of African governments and stakeholders towards research, a problem reflected by the fact that African governments spent far less on research than those in other parts of the world.

While countries like the Republic of Korea and Israel spend about 3.7 per cent and 4.2 per cent of their GDP respectively on research, most African countries spend less than 0.5 per cent of their GDP on research, less than the African Union benchmark of one per cent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK