Pilot project in Africa 2006-2009
African countries are struggling to slow an exodus of scientists, academics and other professionals – many of them with irreplaceable skills and experience. Replacing highly qualified Africans who have emigrated is currently costing African countries a combined estimate of $4 billion annually.
In 2006, UNESCO and HP launched a pilot project to allow universities to re-establish or strengthen links between researchers who have stayed in their home countries and those who left.
Five universities, in Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe, have been testing the application of grid technology since then. By providing universities with this advanced technology, the project allows top quality researchers to play a key role in international research and contribute to economic development in their home countries.