Capacity Building for Research Leadership:The Need, Support and Strategies for Growing African Research Leaders

"A robust social science and policy research capacity in Africa is essential to rigorous basic and applied research in the quest for solutions to the region’s development challenges. Building a strong research capacity means creating supportive institutional environments, and the availability of a cadre of competent researchers and experienced research leaders. Recognising this value, many developed countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, have developed formal training programmes to specifically progress researchers into research leaders. Anecdotal evidence suggests Africa’s persistent problems - such as lack of adequate funding and infrastructure – affect the availability and effectiveness of research leaders, not least in social science and policy research which operate under seriously under-resourced conditions."