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To build capacity, build confidence

The history of attempts to spread scientific know-how beyond western centres of excellence is littered with failures. Capacity building needs long-term commitment, a critical mass of trainees, and a supportive home environment.

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The input from long-term discussions with J. Padgham (System for Analysis, Research, and Training; START), C. Jack and A. Steynor (Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town), A. Pirani (Climate and Ocean: Variability, Predictability and Change; CLIVAR), and many others are greatly valued in helping the evolution of the ideas presented here.

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Hewitson, B. To build capacity, build confidence. Nature Geosci 8, 497–499 (2015).

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