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World Bank identifies lag in African STEM research

Research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects has lagged behind sub-Saharan Africa’s overall growth in research output in the last decade, a World Bank report shows.

The report, published in November 2015, says sub-Saharan Africa’s doubling of its yearly research output from 2003 to 2012 was driven chiefly by health research.

Health research accounts for 45 per cent of all sub-Saharan African research, the report says. Meanwhile, the share of STEM research of the total has fallen by 0.2 per cent annually since 2002.

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