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African scientists get $100m empowerment fund

Kenny Awotorebo

A $100m (£65m) fund for scientific research in Africa is being launched today in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) aims to empower African scientists and governments to set their own agenda for research and development.

Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, a respected biologist herself, has told the BBC the recent Ebola outbreak was a strong wake-up call for Africa, and that African governments should move towards a pledge of 1% of GDP being put into scientific research.

The fund has been set up by initial investment from the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK’s Department for International Development.

via BBC Africa