Money woes undermine pan-African science guidance

Africa’s persistent lack of research funding could jeopardise the goals of a planned declaration outlining universal guiding principles for science on the continent, a conference has heard.

The Cape Town Declaration, a document that aims to nail down how science can contribute to African policymaking, must be accompanied by increases in funding for scientific research, the Euroscience Open Forum, held in Toulouse, France, heard today (10 July).

This is because science can only contribute to policymaking if it is actually taking place, a panel of experts was told by members of the audience that included distinguished scientists and activists from the global South. They criticised what they perceived to be an ethics-only declaration.

“The declaration could contribute to the appreciation of…

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