Case Studies on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Responses from West African Universities
Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA), the Universite Felix Houphouet-Boigny (UFHB), Coˆte d’Ivoire, and the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana have produced a comprehensive report titled ‘Case Studies on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Responses from West African Universities'.
This report contributes to existing knowledge by providing case studies about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on two West African universities and how these universities are responding.
a) West African university leaders (and policymakers) need to increase investment in research, including for procuring research materials and laboratory equipment.
b) West African university decision-makers should consider introducing financial incentives to promote a research culture for contributing to world knowledge.
c) For international development agencies and research funders, local dissemination of ‘calls for proposals’ and ‘less stringent requirements’ for accessing research grants are needed to help West African researchers to be aware of and to understand research project funding mechanisms.
d) Besides regular calls for proposals, the provision of ad hoc funding for promising research projects will help researchers to propose and conduct more innovative, tailor-made and timely research.
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