Research

Utafiti Africa Publishes First in a Series of Research-Oriented Video-on-Demand Courses

Utafiti Africa enters its next phase of development with the introduction of self-paced video-on-demand training programmes. The courses shall be developed and presented by experts in their respective fields, thereby strengthening the research skills and capacity of researchers in Africa. Courses seek to cover the full spectrum of research support, from grant proposal writing at …

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Nigeria and Kenya Continue to Dominate as the Utafiti Africa Portal usage Rapidly Grows

Since its introduction at the end of February 2022, the number of active members on Utafiti Africa, UA’s research funding opportunities portal, has continued to rapidly grow, from 260 active members at the end of March to 480 by the end of June. The largest number of active users are in East and West Africa …

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Kenya and Nigeria Lead in Registrations on Utafiti Africa

Utafiti Africa, UbuntuNet Alliance’s research funding opportunities portal that was launched towards the end of February this year, has recorded an impressive 262 registrations from across the continent in the past month. The portal, that currently has over 100 open funding opportunities in all disciplines, makes it convenient to filter opportunities by combinations of country, …

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UA Launches its “Utafiti Africa” Research Opportunities Platform

The ability for African researchers to conduct high-quality research is crucial for Africans to address Africa’s development challenges. Their research provides the evidence necessary for impactful policy development and the creation of appropriate evidence-based solutions. Researchers in Africa face many challenges in accessing research funding. Prof Tassew Woldehanna, President of Addis Ababa University, suggested at …

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NRENs: Supporting the global challenges of the novel coronavirus

By Jane Gifford National Research and Education (R&E) Networks (also known as NRENs) together provide critical communications infrastructure for universities and research institutes worldwide. This global network of interconnected networks is boosting international capacity where needed as part of the global rapid response to the recent novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. During the past few …

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DRC doctor discovers Ebola cure

A Congolese doctor who is also Director General  of Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, has become a “true hero” of Africa and the world in general after his experimental drugs were confirmed to treat patients with the Ebola virus. “I spent four decades of my life thinking how to treat patients with the Ebola …

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KENET helps in preserving a vital food source

Cassava, a woody shrub that is part of the spurge family, is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root. It is a major source of carbohydrates and the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics. As a major staple food in the developing world, …

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Malawian TED Fellow Builds Medical Tech To Overcome Africa’s Unique Challenges

The impending connection of the Malawi Research and Education Network, (MAREN) to the UbuntuNet regional network is likely to be exciting news to software engineers like Soyapi Mumba who have been working tirelessly to develop systems that can revolutionise the health system in Malawi where the Internet connectivity is slow and expensive among other setbacks. …

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Researchers advocate for open science in Addis Ababa

Researchers from different countries converged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they advocated for easy and open access to scientific platforms and publications. This was during the UbuntuNet-Connect 2017 pre-conference workshop titled “Towards an Open Science Platform Infrastructure Framework” held on Wednesday, 1st November 2017 at the Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The …

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Telemedicine: helping reduce deaths from cancer in Asia

Gastric cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in Asia. It accounts for the deaths of some 28 men and 13 women per 100,000. In Japan, gastric cancer used to have a similar profile – number one in mortality, as well as in incidence. But now, although the incidence in Japan hasn’t changed much, mortality …

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