Reversing the brain drain in Africa: Harnessing the intellectual capital of the diaspora for knowledge development in Africa

This feasibility study was commissioned to SAHAN research bureau by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic), to investigate the feasibility of involving African diaspora academics and researchers in the Netherlands in a ‘brain circulation scheme’ designed to mitigate the adverse effects of the brain drain in Africa. The findings of the study focus on the skills profile of qualified Africans in Diaspora, their readiness to impart knowledge to Africa, contacts with knowledge institutions in their homeland, as well as challenges and constraints in their homelands. The report also explores different modalities for knowledge transfer to Africa, and concludes with suggestions of follow up actions, including the development of policy proposals for the collaboration and partnership relations between the highly skilled African diaspora in the Netherlands and representatives of the AAU and Nepad institutions with regard to the development of knowledge in Africa.



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