Reform of the S&T system in Nigeria
At the request of the Government of Nigeria, an international advisory board for the reform of the country's science, technology and innovation system was established by UNESCO in October 2004. A core activity of the reform programme is a joint review of investment, industry and innovation in Nigeria involving UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNIDO and WIPO. Financed in equal shares by the Government of Nigeria and UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust to the tune of US$1 million, the review is part of preparatory work for a donors' conference Nigeria is planning to call to fund implementation of a multi-year plan of action on science, technology and innovation. Other international agencies expected to join the reform programme are the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the World Bank and the International Association of Universities.
Nigerian President pledges US$5 billion towards National Science Foundation (A World of Science, October 2006)
A foundation for Africa (Nature, 3 August 2006)
Nigeria ready for huge science spend (Nature, 27 July 2006)
Read about the reform of Nigeria's science system in the chapter on sub-Saharan Africa in the UNESCO Science Report 2010