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ERIC Number: ED512159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Nairobi Report: Frameworks for Africa-UK Research Collaboration in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Harle, Jonathan
Association of Commonwealth Universities
Across Sub-Saharan Africa it is evident that humanities and social sciences research is in urgent need of support. Universities and researchers face many challenges, the results of declining funding in the face of huge increases in enrollments. Infrastructure and facilities are insufficient and incomes have fallen. Many academics have been forced to sacrifice research in the face of impossible teaching and administrative commitments, and as they are driven to find other ways of generating income. This report represents the culmination of a substantial two year British Academy and Association of Commonwealth Universities project, which began in early 2007, and consulted researchers in Africa and the UK. Its intention was to develop a better understanding of the problems, and in doing so to identify what might practically be done to strengthen the research base in African universities. In examining the issues it was clear that each impinges on the next, to form a complex web of circumstances that cover everything from the physical and human infrastructure of African universities, through to the policies and priorities of international agencies. The full report contains some 22 recommendations addressed severally to three main constituencies--African universities and governments; national and international funders; and UK universities, the UK government and UK agencies involved in higher education and international collaboration. There are three main thrusts of the report: (1) Institutional foundations--improving structures, systems and governance; (2) Communities and networks--forging collaboration within Africa; and (3) Investing in individuals--the early research career. Appendices include: (1) Report contributors; and (2) The product of experience: contributions to the debate. (Contains 40 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: The British Academy
Authoring Institution: Association of Commonwealth Universities
Identifiers - Location: Africa; United Kingdom