This article assesses the status of scientific and technological capabilities in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, it examines science and technology indicators and research priorities and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of science and technology organisations.

The author recommends that sub-Saharan countries be helped to build capacity in database management, to build a standardised framework across the region for science indicators. Donor agencies should build capacity through tailor-made training programmes or support for national courses, and should also use screening agencies to evaluate promising research results. Lastly, the author suggests that a policy framework that stimulates technical change within firms and encourages training at all levels from managers to technicians is needed.


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