Sub-Saharan Africa

Perspective

In this special issue for S&D, five authors formerly affiliated with the World Bank have responded to the question, "How have science and technology impacted the World Bank’s programs? How have these programs evolved and what could have been done better? What would you recommend to the new World Bank President Ajay Banga from a S&T perspective?"

Perspective

Space diplomacy is an important subject, but countries in the Global South are often left out conversations in this area despite growing capabilities in space technology. This piece looks at space diplomacy from a Global South perspective.

Perspective

Professor Charles Weiss looks at the intersection of science and international affairs, and how these subjects can help to solve some of the many challenges our globe faces today, from pandemics to nuclear war.

Perspective

Lawrence Susskind and Shafiqul Islam’s work on water diplomacy has expanded since their piece was published in 2012. In this piece, they present some of the lessons learned and a water diplomacy framework for more effective water management.

Perspective

Sir Peter D. Gluckman is conscious of the several failures of the last decade but puts faith in “track 2” multilateralism. He argues that science diplomacy must be nimbler to address the problems of tomorrow.

Perspective

In 2012, Najmedin Meshkati emphasized the role of engineering diplomacy. Today, with challenges that transcend borders and involve complex systems, including the plight of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant, he is even more convinced of its necessity.

Perspective

This piece compiles the four presentations of the session on Global Health Diplomacy and Disaster Diplomacy, held virtually on the third day of the 2020 AAAS-TWAS Summer Course on Science Diplomacy on September 23, 2020. 

Article

This article presents examples of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)-based responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the importance of developing, supporting, and maintaining HEI networks in low- and middle-income countries.

Article

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, academies of science in Africa and its role in providing credible, independent, and evidence-based scientific advice came into sharp focus.

In the Field

This text details efforts in building capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship among scientists and engineers in developing countries. 

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The illegal trade and trafficking of wild flora and fauna pose environmental risks with implications beyond species extinction and animal welfare, although those impacts are substantial. To help address the problem in Africa, the research and policy communities must work closely along a broad spectrum of fields, among them conservation and criminology.

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As the world moves to a militarized space, the European Union may have the tools to assist in the establishment of confidence building measures between China, Russia, and the United States in the domain of space.