Sub-Saharan Africa represents only 0.8% of the world’s researchers

The greatest number of African researchers are found north of the Sahara. In Tunisia, the number per million population even reportedly increased by 50% between 2002 and 2006, from 1030 to 1588. This compares with 170 for Algeria (2005), 647 for Morocco (2006) and 617 for Egypt (2007).

In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of researchers rose from 45,000 to 60,000 between 2002 and 2007. Although the sub-continent’s world share remained stable at 0.8%, the density of researchers increased from 67 to 79 per million inhabitants. The world average was 1081 in 2007.


With 500 Million cellphone subscribers the African market is larger than that of North America and is growing faster than any other region in the world