Role of Open in African Higher Education - University of Botswana
Access to Africa’s knowledge Scholarly Communication in Africa University of BotswanaSome rights reserved by Sara&Joachim
What do we, in African countries, seek to gainfrom our investment in research?
The aim is surelyAfrican knowledge, for Africa, from Africa, widely accessible...
Globally, scholarly communication is at a crossroadsSome rights reserved by mrhayata
... as the internetoffers higher access,higher quality, lower cost
We face two verydifferent poles of opportunity...
Enhanced globalcompetitiveness and prestige....
And ways ofaddressing our development challenges
We constantly askquestions about research and development...
‘How could the application of knowledge endpoverty and hunger in Africa? How could highereducation empower women and promote genderequity? How can knowledge be considered in theAfrican context to address child mortality andimprove maternal health?’Nahas Angula, Namibian Prime Minister, UNESCO 29th Conference onHigher Education, 2009 Photo: coda Damien du Toit http://www.flickr.com/photos/coda/ Creative Commons Share-Alike
Yet we are still caughtup with old paradigms...
...measuring success on the basis of counts of journal articles in the ISI indexes.
The result is tunnel vision...http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/ CC attribution licence
...which ignores all but a small segment of thepublishing ecosystem..
.. and offers little support and recognition to the publications that emergefrom development-focused research.
National policies tend tofavour what Sir John Daniel atthe UNESCO conferencecalled ‘poles of superiorquality’rather than ‘the public good’