Relevant reading

Materials Science in the Developing World: Challenges and Perspectives for Africa
Federico Rosei, Lionel Vayssieres and Patrick Mensah
Advanced Materials, Volume 20, Issue 24, pages 4627–4640, December 17, 2008
“Africans believe in something that is difficult to render in English. We call it ubuntu or botho. It means the essence of being human. You know when it is there and when it is absent. It speaks about humanness, gentleness, hospitality, putting yourself out on behalf of others, being vulnerable. It embraces compassion and roughness. It recognizes that my humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together” (Desmond Tutu)

Materials research in Africa: Rising from the Falls
Mohamed Chaker and Federico Rosei
Nature Materials, Volume 11, pages 187–188, 2012
Materials science and technology could offer the opportunity to address vital needs of African people. But improving the infrastructure for science education and dissemination of knowledge is the first step to take.