How technology will shape Africa’s future

Yesterday, I met with program officers from the funding agency that made it possible for me to come to South Africa.  The meeting has left me asking what I can do in the next four and a half years to make the biggest impact possible in biomedical science for South Africa.  Producing Ph.D. graduates is only part of the answer.  This post from economic historian Johan Fourie connects to that question:

“The smartest industrial policy we can hope for is instead a belief that Africans have the agency to shape their own destiny, as long as they have access to the hard (fast and affordable internet and reliable electricity) and soft (IT colleges and programming degrees) infrastructure that will allow them to benefit from the technologies of the future.”

Source: How technology will shape Africa’s future


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