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Kenya: A regional science hub with global challenges

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Low PhD output, donor dependency and unstable funding cloud country’s research performance

Kenya has emerged as a hub for science in the East Africa region. But a number of challenges hold it back from becoming a global player in research, a paper has argued.

These challenges, including a dearth of local PhD students and unstable, foreign-dominated funding sources, threatens the sustainability of Kenya’s R&D efforts and its innovation capacity, according to the paper published in an Africa-focused special issue of the journal Science, Technology and Society last month.

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