Repositioning Africa in global knowledge production

Title:Repositioning Africa in global knowledge production
Authors:Prof Sharon Fonn, PhD
Prof Laban Peter Ayiro, PhD
Prof Philip Cotton, PhD
Prof Adam Habib, PhD
Prof Peter Mulwa Felix Mbithi, PhD
Prof Alfred Mtenje, PhD
Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, PhD
Prof Eyitope O Ogunbodede, PhD
Prof Idowu Olayinka, PhD
Frederick Golooba-Mutebi, PhD
Prof Alex Ezeh, PhD
Abstract:Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 13·5% of the global population but less than 1% of global research output. In 2008, Africa produced 27 000 published papers—the same number as The Netherlands. Informed by a nuanced understanding of the causes of the current scenario, we propose action that should be taken by African universities, governments, and development partners to foster the development of research-active universities on the continent