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Projects and Initiatives

In order to better take stock of current work being done in the realm of doctoral education, ‘Projects and Initiatives’ presents information about projects being carried out by organizations related to postgraduate training and management. Projects listed here share a common focus, all or in part, on African higher education.

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Afralics Africalics - African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems

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Africalics was founded during the Innovation and development workshop that took place in March 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop was co-organized by the globelics Secretariat and the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research organization (STIPRO), a Tanzanian independent think tank. 


The formation of Africalics was centered on the following two rationales:

  • A need to understand innovation and learning in the context of Africa – both from theoretical and practical perspectives.
  • Given the fact that Africa lacks adequate capacity for the above purpose, a need for capacity building arose.

It was envisioned that Africalics network can become a strong dynamo for capacity building in the specific field of innovation and economic development, both at the individual, institutional and country levels. This can allow African countries to design policies suitable and responsive to their own needs, and instigate corrective measures to ensure the smooth production, dissemination and use of knowledge for economic development, including poverty alleviation.


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PhD Academy

Africalics has lined up a number of activities in order to achieve its objective of promoting the development of research capacity in Africa. These include regional based PhD Academies planned as part of the endevour to support the training of African Ph.D/Masters students engaged in research on Innovation and Technology Systems for Development and stimulate their awareness of policy and management issues related to this field of research. These Academies aim to host students selected primarily from Africa and small number of students from the rest of the world. It will be a regular event to take place each year in a different region in Africa. The facilitators will be drawn from frontier researchers in innovation and development from around the world and will be expected to provide lectures and mentor the selected students.

The next PhD Academy will take place 2017 in Nigeria


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