Promoting the prosperity of the West African scientific ecosystem

This article explores a new report by Walid Hassan, Ayman Akil, Amine Triki, and Joy Owango.

Over the last 16 years, West Africa has seen a steady growth in its research output, representing a solid scientific environment that is playing an increasingly important role in global science.

In our latest report, we explore the current state and key trends in the scientific research of six countries in West Africa, namely: Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Niger.

The data show that most collaborators with these six West African countries represent universities or research institutes, as opposed to industrial or commercial companies. As the report notes, Ivory Coast provides one example of how partnering with industry can enhance the research profile of a country.

While the available resources for conducting research differ from country to country, a proper focus on organizing an effective research ecosystem can result in noticeable growth of a country’s scientific prestige and global footprint.

To learn more about the internationally collaborative areas driving West African research growth, download the whitepaper, Scientific Research in West Africa: Key Trends and Observations.”

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