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Title:Nuclear techniques and solar energy: a quest for sustainable development in Africa
Author:Malu wa Kalenga
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:research centres
solar energy
nuclear energy
science and technology
Nuclear engineering
Abstract:In order to achieve successful development of scientific and technological activities one must get, or build oneself, the needed scientific equipment. One must assemble a multidisciplinary team of well-trained researchers. One must organize the collection and dissemination of pertinent scientific information. These requirements are illustrated in a case study of two institutions set up by the author: the Regional Centre of Nuclear Study (RCNS/CREN) of Kinshasa (Zaire), set up in 1967 and aimed at promoting the use of nuclear techniques in Africa, and the Presidential Consultancy Service (PCS/SPE), set up in 1974 and aimed at carrying out various socioeconomic and technical studies and offering consulting services to interested parties in Zaire. As the head of the PCS, the author became a strong proponent of solar energy in the villages of rural Zaire. In this context, the concept of the Global Energy Village (Gevi) is discussed. What are the lessons one can draw from the RCNS and PCS cases? One is that it is possible to achieve excellence in science and technology in Africa without vast outlays of funds and sophisticated planning. What is needed above all are acceptable public policies and organizational leadership from those involved in the science sector, good administration of the day-to-day business of the institution, and excellent interaction between the scientific and political community. Bibliogr.