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The commitment was made today (31 January) at meeting in London organised jointly by the two countries to discuss was of building science and technology capacity with African partners.
Benn’s words were echoed by Arthur Carty, science advisor to
Carty told the meeting that
In addition, Carty said that government departments and
Benn announced that the UK Department for International Development’s £86 million (US$162 million) annual budget for research would be “significantly increased”. Priority areas for the new money would include
He said that the
Benn said that the
Osita Ogbu, executive director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network in
The Canadian International Development Research Centre, for example, is a rare funding agency, which gives a lot of autonomy to its offices in developing countries most of whose senior staff is drawn locally, he said.
International donors, said Ogbu, need to trust local experts more to deliver projects and rely less on foreign consultants. “Some donors are themselves becoming recipients of aid,” he said.
Click here for SciDev.Net’s coverage of the 31 January – 2 February meeting ‘Building Science & Technology Capacity with African partners’