As Chairman of the African charity, the Planet Earth Institute, Dr Alvaro Sobrinho has been selected to lead a campaign that aims to “mobilise resources for Research & Development in Africa”. The prestigious duty of spearheading the campaign will be shared with President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, of Mauritius, Planet Earth Institute Vice-Chairman. Together, the pair will attempt to create public/private partnerships across Africa, which will fund research and development on the continent.
The new campaign is to be financed with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has focused much of its own resources on improving research in Africa, particularly in the area of health and medicine. The Foundation clearly hopes that its own efforts can be bolstered by other parties contributing resources to the cause.
The grant has been handed to the Planet Earth Institute; the organisation will run the campaign under the guidance of the Chair and Vice-Chair. The Institute hopes to “catalyse national, regional and global advocacy for African R&D”.
The Planet Earth Institute’s main objective is the scientific advancement of Africa, with the Gates Foundation grant money the organisation will be able to take its funding efforts to the next level. Already the Institute has funded dozens of PhD programmes in Africa, along with a research centre and a science education advocacy campaign.
Dr Alvaro Sobrinho has advocated the involvement of private capital in African development in several public speeches and published works, he will now be able to build on the work he has already started, promoting investment in African research and development. His voice on the issue will be supported by other notable figures during the campaign, as well as that of the campaign partner, the African Academy of Science.