Un Mundo de Ciencia por región: África

  • 'If More Women owned Mobile Phones, There would be More Development’ (2013, EN), on how mobile phones and Internet are remodelling development approaches in Uganda
  • A Little Technology can go a Long Way ((2013, EN), on the use of low-cost solar technology to light up Maasai homes in Tanzania, within a UNESCO project run by the Dar es Salaam office
  • Taking the Pulse of Geosciences in Africa (2012, EN, ES, FR), presents the findings of a survey of publication trends in this field that will serve as the basis for UNESCO’s new initiative in favour geoscience education in Africa
  • Sandwatchers find a Market for a Weed (2012, EN, ES, FR), on a Kenyan youth group’s ingenious scheme to turn water hyacinth, an invasive weed, into a series of ecoproducts
  • The Risks Associated with Large-scale Foreign Land Acquisitions (2012, EN, ES, FR), interview on the implications for developing countries of this growing trend towards what has been termed agrarian neocolonialism, with examples from Argentina, Ethiopia, Mali and Tanzania
  • Bridging the Digital Divide (2012, EN, ES), on a CERN-UNESCO Digital Library School which is training librarians and IT specialists, in order to foster the development of digital libraries in Africa
  • A Tribute to Kenya’s Green Militant (2012, EN, ES, FR), interview published posthumously of the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize
  • As Chemists, We are Designers (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on using laser to cure cancer in South Africa
  • Small is Beautiful (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on how UNESCO’s global microscience experiments project is fostering experimentation in African schools
  • Tracking Plant Diversity in a Changing World (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a network of observatories of biodiversity in Africa
  • The Bushbruckridge Healers’ Path to Justice (2010, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on how traditional healers in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve in South Africa will benefit from a revolution in environmental law due to be adopted by the United Nations
  • Taking a Step Back (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on why a biosphere reserve in the UK and another in Kenya have decided that retreat is the best policy in the face of sea-level rise
  • Out of Africa (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview relating new methods of dating human migration out of Africa
  • What Future for Geoeducation in Africa? (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on why Africa needs to invest in geosciences for its own development
  • The Rice Farmer Need No Longer Sustain Heavy Losses in Time of Drought (2008, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), interview on using research to reduce Africa’s dependence on rice imports
  • A City Making the Switch to Healthy Sanitation (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a project to improve sanitation in the capital of Ghana, Accra
  • Helping Africa’s ‘Best and Brightest’ Lift Science at Home (2007, EN, FR, ES), on a three-year fellowship programme for outstanding African postgraduate students in physics and mathematics, funded by UNESCO and implemented by UNESCO’s Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy
  • Saving the Remaining Wildlife in Darfur (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a survey of the rapidly vanishing wildlife in Radom Biosphere Reserve, the victim of the proliferation of automatic weapons and refugees as a result of the armed conflict in Sudan
  • A Blue Goldmine in Need of Protection (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a UNESCO survey of Africa’s transboundary aquifers, which uncovered a few new ones
  • The Very Real Success of the Avicenna Virtual Campus (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a UNESCO programme which is networking universities around an e-learning platform to promote the sharing of teaching resources around the Mediterranean Basin and broaden access to higher education in a region with growing student rolls
  • Students Choose Life in Kenya (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), on how universities are attempting to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS on campus, especially among women aged 15-24, where the infection rate (15.5%) is more than double the national average and that for young men of the same age
  • Ethiopia: a Pot of Blue Gold at the End of the Rainbow? (2006, EN, ES, FR), on the challenges facing Ethiopia’s water sector, in a country often affected by severe drought
  • Using the Sun to Quench their Thirst (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a project in Omayed Biosphere Reserve in Egypt to desalinate groundwater at the population’s request
  • How Nature Supports People in Southern Africa (2005, EN, FR), an assessment of the state of this region’s ecosystems within a global study
  • Our Closest Relatives on the Brink of Extinction (2005, EN, FR), on UNESCO and UNEP’s attempts to protect the remaining Great Apes
  • The Solar School (2004, EN, FR), follows UNESCO’s summer school in photovoltaics
  • Saving a Survival Kit for the Poor (2004, EN, FR), on a young woman scientist’s struggle to preserve mangroves in her native Tanzania
  • Margaret’s Story (2004, EN, FR), the story of one Kenyan woman’s struggle to overcome poverty and abuse to realize her dream to be a scientist
  • On NEPAD in General and Mozambique in Particular (2004, EN, FR), interview on the origins of Africa’s New Partnership for Development and Mozambique’s priorities for science and technology
  • Protecting Infants from AIDS (2004, EN, FR), interview on the work of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention supported by UNESCO and headed by one of the co-discoverers of the HIV/AIDS virus
  • Bringing a Little Sunshine to People’s Lives (2003, EN, FR), on the installation of a solar village in Niger and the wider ramifications for developing countries of the spread of solar energy
  • Practical Laboratory Work: to Be or not to Be? (2003, EN, FR), on the introduction of UNESCO’s microscience experiments project into Cameroon and the wider sub-region
  • ‘Africanizing’ Tropical Forest Management (2003, EN, FR), on the new regional postgraduate school (ERAIFT) set up by UNESCO and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo at the University of Kinshasa
  • The Pastoralists of Wadi Allaqi (2003, EN, FR), on the techniques pastoralists have developed in Wadi Allaqi Biosphere Reserve in Egypt to survive in a region where it only rains every few years; introduces the research done by the UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair within the biosphere reserve
  • Where Have all the Beaches Gone? (2002, EN, FR), on the threat tourism and other forms of coastal development pose to West African beaches


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