Knowledge for Development

UNESCO maps research and innovation in Malawi


Date: 27/02/2015


Mapping research and innovation in Malawi reveals an intriguing paradox: despite being one of the poorest countries in the world. In October 2014, UNESCO released the third volume in its series of country profiles in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy. Malawi devotes 1% of its gross domestic product (GDP) to research and development (R&D), one of the highest ratios in Africa. Although R&D spending remains low in real terms, Malawian scientists publish more in mainstream journals –relative to GDP – than researchers in any other country with a similar population size. (UNESCO, 12/10/2014)

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