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Title:The Role of Research Institutes in Socialist States in Africa
Author:Gwasa, G.C.K.
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:research centres
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
Abstract:Research and research institutes in Africa and the Third World in general constitute one of the critical factors for development. This is especially true for countries aspiring toward socialism in Africa. However, as a result of historical experience, in particular the adverse and perverted legacy of the colonial education system, intellectuals in socialist aspiring African states are often weak in serious analytical approach, lack self-confidence and may thus often become opportunist and apologetic in their research on socio-economic phenomena. An urgent objective of the educational system must be the (re-) educating and (re-) training of intellectuals in order to equip them with proper tools of analysis for socialist development. In the strategy for socialist transformation, research institutes must be concerned with at least three fundamental problem areas: the creation of an organic and dynamic national economy, rural transformation, and releasing the productive forces of society as quickly as possible. Notes, French sum.