DOI: 10.1101/518498Jan 13, 2019Paper

Tackling the research capacity challenge in Africa: An overview of African-led approaches to strengthen research capacity

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Lem N NgongalahSharon Mumah


Background: Improved capacity for research is a valuable and sustainable means of advancing health and development in Africa. Local leadership in research capacity strengthening is important for developing contextually appropriate programs that increase locally-driven research, and improve Africa's ability to adapt and use scientific knowledge. This study provides an overview of African organisations that aim to strengthen research capacity in Africa, and the major initiatives or approaches being used for this purpose. Methods: A desk review of grey and published literature on research capacity strengthening in Africa was conducted, in addition to panel discussions on the determinants of research capacity in Africa. Data was analysed through thematic analysis and a framework developed by the Collaboration for Research Excellence in Africa (CORE Africa). Results: 11 organisations were identified, spread across South, Central, East and West Africa. The main approaches to improving research capacity were: providing opportunities for academic research and research training. Initiatives to provide research equipment, funding and facilitate research use for policy-making were limited; while strategies to increase research awareness, ...Continue Reading

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