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LIDC launched its seed funding for projects in 2013, with the specific aim of promoting intercollegiate research to address the challenges faced by low and middle income countries. The awards made have led to successful full project bids in a broad range of innovative subject areas.

What were the outcomes of this year's #ScienceAfrica UnConference?

During the day, Mauritius’ President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and other figures at the heart of Africa’s development agenda, argued for greater efforts to equip young Africans with high-level scientific and technical skills needed to address development challenges. 

The Stockholm Tech Fest Solutions Summit seemed to be a well overdue initiative – by bringing the insight of NGOs and policy makers into contact with the creativity and know-how of tech entrepreneurs

Empowering Africa’s future scientific leaders is by no means a small challenge. Across the continent, education rates are improving, but there is still much to do. 

Throughout my working years and my academic experience, I always felt I needed to do a course in monitoring and evaluation. Luckily I discovered the LIDC intensive short course on Evaluation for Development Programmes and the knowledge and network of like-minded professionals gained has proved invaluable to my career and professional development.

The Gulf countries have a long history of aid donorship but a sharp drop in oil revenues is casting doubts over the sustainability of Gulf donors’ aid programs. Is development aid from the Gulf region under threat? This blog post aims to evaluate Gulf development assistance in the light of uncertainties in the energy market. 

Mixing research and media can go a long way in empowering youth. Because media is built on the idea of two-way conversations and story writing and because the process of making quality media involves creative skills and critical thinking, it is an effective platform to engage children in discussions about social issues.

Micro-enterprises may not make millions but even the smallest of ventures has the potential to transform a community through driving economic growth where it is stagnant, creating jobs where there are none, and generating household incomes and life-changing innovations where subsistence has prevailed.

Crucially, entrepreneurship can  also unlock economic participation for those who face the biggest barriers - particularly women, youths and those in remote, rural locations.

If Britain’s departure from the EU goes ahead – and Theresa May has pledged that “Brexit means Brexit” – there could be far reaching consequences for many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.  But are those consequences all about threats, or could ‘Brexit’ usher in new opportunities for developing nations?

Does Education lead to Economic Growth?

I'm going to discuss the idea that education leads automatically to economic growth or at the very least it ensures economic growth by itself. I'd like to suggest that in order for education to have the positive effects that are intuitively prescribed to it, we must change the way we discuss education and we must adopt an approach that is sufficiently complex.