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Bold promises, poor follow-through in East Africa

Many East African nations have made lofty promises in recent years to invest substantially in science and technology but implementation has mostly been slow.

This was made clear by representatives from East Africa during a workshop on sub-Saharan African science granting councils in Somerset West near Cape Town, South Africa on 26-27 November.

Kenya’s government promised earlier this year to dedicate 2 per cent of its GDP to science and technology—a promise many academics in the country doubt will be kept any time soon.

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