Interview with Joy Owango, TCC Africa
TCC Africa’s Executive Director and AfricArXiv project partner Joy Owango talked to Africa Business Communities about its model, ambitions and the current state of higher education and research in Sub Saharan Africa.
Originally published at africabusinesscommunities.com/…/
We are a training centre that supports researchers, research institutes and governments in Sub Sahara Africa on how they can produce and improve their research output and visibility […].
There are programmes like ours that exist, but they are donor funded and the biggest challenge is that once the funding is completed the project collapses. That is why we chose not to go through the funding model , but a business and self sustainable approach to managing Training Centre in Communcation and our success story is that we have supported over 3000 researchers at (MSc, PhD and Profs levels) in over 70 research institutes in over 20 countries in Sub Sahara Africa.
Laureate of the Invest2Impact Award 2019
The Invest2Impact was a five country challenge and we competed against 800 companies in the region emerging as the top 100 winners. The award looked at women who run sustainable organisations in the region and we won in the Higher Education category.
The current state of higher education and research in Kenya and Sub Saharan Africa
[…] governments have committed to spending at least one percent of their GDP on higher education and research. So far 15 African countries including Kenya have almost reached this target and have created Science Granting Councils, whose job is to provide funding , research support for the higher education and research sector. This is where we come in as a centre as we support the research and academic communities in these respective countries through training and consultancy on ways to improve the of the quality of research outputs(academic papers, presentations) and increase their visibility, through various research support solutions and open access data.
Plans for 2020
Create more Global North-South partnerships, that will lead to providing more open access data for researchers in Sub Sahara Africa, thus making their research discovery process easier and making their work more visible, which, in turn empower academics on getting information that can give them a competitive edge with their peers in the Global North.Joy Owango, Executive Director at TCC Africa
Read the whole interview at africabusinesscommunities.com/…/
About TCC Africa
TCC Africa’s mission is to contribute to the increase in profile, locally, and internationally, of African science, and its impact on the life of Africans, by improving skills in technical communication in all forms, at academia and other relevant forums, in Africa. | tcc-africa.org/about/
TCC Africa <> AfricArXiv collaboration
TCC Africa and AfricArXiv collaborate towards capacity building in Scientific Writing and Publishing, Open Access, and Discoverability of African research.