Research and Development Forum for Science-Led Development in Africa (RANDFORUM)

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24 Sep 1992, Nairobi (Kenya), at the instigation of: African Academy of Sciences (AAS), International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and TWAS, as an independent trust. Registered in accordance with Kenyan law.


Contribute to the resolution of the current development crisis in Africa through entire transformation of the development paradigm by encouraging development of a science and technology culture that will promote science-led development on a sustainable basis; promote research, scientific cooperation, capacity building, education and development in Africa through mobilization of the entire African brain power, technological and entrepreneurial capability, ready to implement the new development paradigm, and creation of a long-term financial resource system to support it.

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Programmes: Distressed and Expatriate Scientists and Scholars from Africa (DESSA); Management of Science and Technology for Development in Africa (MANSCI); Research University in Africa Project (RUA); Programme on the Promotion of Science and Technology Culture in Africa (PROSTAT). Develops strategic policies and tactical guidelines at national, regional and continental level. Lobbies African governments to invest in science and technology. Negotiates positive working conditions and establishes crisis centres and reliable recovery programmes to facilitate human resource development, utilization and retention and to rescue and redeploy strategic manpower in case of crisis. Provides a forum for statesmen, researchers, entrepreneurs, financiers, donor agencies, industrialists, policy-makers and consumers, in particular through review conferences, meetings and roundtables. Mobilizes funding and creates endowment funds. Major projects for 2000-2004: establishment of a pilot Research University in the East African Lake Niagara Basin; promoting development of technology parks; championing of an African Pharmacopoeia.


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Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Societal Problems
    • Emergencies
  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Technology
    • Technology
  • Science
    • Science
  • Development
    • Development
    • Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 13: Climate Action



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