Last year’s row between two pan-African policy bodies is feeding a split between regional and federal approaches to science, says Linda Nordling.
Research and innovation is an area that could benefit from coordinating projects and pooling resources between nations. So it was disappointing last year when a row between the two main pan-African policy bodies threatened to derail plans for continental science programmes. Now, the disagreement threatens to feed tensions over whether a federal or a regional approach would be best for Africa. Read more