education graduation.jpgDespite Zimbabwe having Africa’s highest literacy rate at 92% and 13 universities and other tertiary institutions, the country does not have a collective body of research findings.
The Research Council of Zimbabwe says the country should have a national research database to help avoid duplication of research initiatives and wastage of scarce developmental resources.

This has hampered the co-ordination of researched efforts as well as creating a repetitive cycle of research.

As a result the Research Council of Zimbabwe has begun efforts to establish a national research database.

The initiative kicked off in the capital with consultations of key stakeholders such as universities, scientific and industrial research bodies and the business sector.

Research Council of Zimbabwe Board Chairman, Mr. Eben Makonese, said the database will consolidate existing research information and become a referral point for new studies.

He said: “If you have research database you consult and see where there are gaps and what areas to focus on.”

Research Council of Zimbabwe Board member, Dr. Amon Murwira believes careful co-ordination of research will create better links between industry, researchers and government which are key to unlocking funding, while Zimbabwe Open University Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Gabriel Kabanda said the most developed countries have a rich background in research.

“Research data enables us to move the links between industry, researchers and government, that is a link I call the tripple helix model.

“That’s is the only wheel, that if it is turning moves the country to the 21st century,” Professor Kabanda said.

With lack of assistance from multi-lateral financial institutions and run down machinery, local innovations and knowledge generated in the country’s academic institutions could greatly aid the nation’s economic resurgence.