Bid for African Research Chairs Incentive Gains Support

A bid to encourage G-8+5 leaders to allocate USD100 million annually for five years to 1,000 high-level research positions in African universities is gaining support from senior United Nations, World Bank and African Development Bank officials, SciDev.net reports. The initiative, led by Academic Chairs for Africa, is based on a Canadian program that aims to prevent brain drain of the country’s promising academics. Under the proposed program, chosen research heads will each receive USD100,000 annually in return for training and using their research to help Africa achieve the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals.

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