Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa has some promising research institutions, despite the considerable social and political turmoil it experienced between 1999 and 2011 (see B. Bonfoh et al. Nature 474, 569–571; 2011).
The top-ranking institutions for research productivity in 2012–16 in Côte d’Ivoire were its two largest national universities: Félix Houphouët-Boigny University and Nangui Abrogoua University, both in Abidjan (our unpublished results). In third place was the comparatively small Swiss Centre for Scientific Research in Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), which benefits from a long-standing bilateral research partnership between Côte d’Ivoire and Switzerland. At the CSRS, mutual governance, investment and benefits are balanced with a diverse portfolio of research, education and training within four strategic axes.
In our view, a strong diversification of international funding sources, coupled with an increased share of national government funds, stand to create more centres of scientific excellence in Africa.
Nature 558, 189 (2018)