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n Kleio - Africa's 'brain gain' : whose shibboleth? : debate piece

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0023-2084
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Abstract

The `brain drain', the movement of high-level experts from developing countries to industrialized nations, has yet to be stemmed, since it continues to deprive the developing countries and those in transition, of the high-level expertise necessary to accelerate their socioeconomic progress. International co-operation schemes should be based on long-term partnerships between institutions in the South and the North, and also promote South-South co-operation. Priority should be given to training programmes in the developing countries, in centres of excellence forming regional and international networks, with short periods of specialized and intensive study abroad. Consideration should be given to creating an environment conducive to attracting and retaining skilled human capital, either through national policies or international arrangements to facilitate the return ± permanent or temporary ± of highly trained scholars and researchers to their countries of origin. At the same time, efforts must be directed towards a process of `brain gain' through collaboration programmes that, by virtue of their international dimension, enhance the building and strengthening of institutions and facilitate full use of endogenous capacities.

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