The Collaboration for Research Excellence in Africa
CORE Africa
"Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa"

'Strengthening Researchapacitypy in Africa'

Ultimately, strengthening research capacity will help

produce a global pool of researchers who are able

to use current knowledge and techniques to develop

strategies, tools and methods to tackle complex 

problems worldwide 

WHO, 2016


What is Research Capacity?

This definition of research capacity encompasses capacity at the levels of individuals, research groups, institutions and countries. Research capacity is the ability to:

  • Define problems
  • Identify solutions to key problems
  • Set research objectives and priorities 
  • Conduct sound scientific research to inform decision-making
  • Use research knowledge to design effective policies and programs that address existing problems
  • Build sustainable research institutions 

What is Research Capacity Strengthening (RCS)?

Research capacity strengthening is the process by which individuals, institutions and societies develop skills and abilities – both individually and collectively, to perform research effectively, efficiently and in a sustainable manner. There are various approaches to research capacity strengthening, including improving the capacity of individual researchers through training courses, developing leadership skills and supporting researcher collaborations.

What's the importance of RCS in Africa?

RCS is one of the most powerful, cost-effective, and sustainable means of advancing health and development in Africa. With improved capacity for research, African countries will be able to set research priorities for their nations and build the local evidence base required to inform decision-making.

Although research efforts in Africa may have bloomed in recent years, African countries are still under-represented in global research efforts – at both the researcher and institutional level. The conditions of doing research in Africa are severely compromised, and the number of sites and researchers in Africa that meet international good practice standards are limited.