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Split along language lines

Anglophone West African countries generally have more of the building blocks for a productive research funding and management system than their Francophone neighbours.

 This was a trend that emerged during discussions about science granting councils in sub-Saharan Africa held in Somerset West near Cape Town, South Africa, on 26-27 November.

In Senegal, for instance, national research funding bodies exist, but work poorly together. “We need a coherent national research policy,” Aminata Sall Diallo, a medical researcher from the country, told the workshop.

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