Research in Developing Countries

Research in Developing Countries is one of our four partnerships areas.

Research conducted by Elsevier and in the 2015 Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape report revealed that that only 2% of sustainability science research output is produced by developing countries, despite the fact that these countries are often the hardest-hit by climate change and resource scarcity. For many low-income countries, this so-called ‘science poverty’ limits their involvement in vital research. The “Research in Developing Countries” area seeks to redress the balance with key partnerships designed to widen access to academic knowledge:

The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge awards projects that use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest challenges whether in water, sanitation or energy.

The Research without Borders module with the African Journal Partnership Program pairs African health journals with leading biomedical journals from the US and UK to build editorial skills through journal mentoring and training.

The TWAS North South Collaboration in Sustainability boosts the creation of sustainability science in developing countries, supports sustainability themes at annual conferences and offers travel fellowships for PhDs and visiting professors.

The Librarians without Borders program supports Research4Life trainers, promotes strong health sciences information capacity and assist librarians – through technological infrastructure and access to quality information.

Research4Life e-learning Program is led by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The program aims to equip existing and potential users of the Research4Life programmes with the knowledge and the skills required to access and use the information effectively and efficiently.



Research in Developing Countries News

Bringing big data science to Africa

June 24th, 2019

A major event on big data and artificial intelligence in Africa – organised by TWAS, TYAN and the Elsevier Foundation […]

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Winning researchers find unique ways to recycle wastewater and increase crop pollination

June 5th, 2019

“Chemistry can play a key role in finding practical solutions to urgent challenges” – juror in Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & […]

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Big data techniques for a better future

February 28th, 2019

A symposium sponsored by the Elsevier Foundation at the TWAS General Meeting brought together global experts in big data and […]

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Elsevier at #AAASmtg: live updates with award-winning women in science

February 14th, 2019

5 researchers from developing countries are preparing to accept the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for their work in the physical […]

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Amplifying the voice of African medical research

February 1st, 2019

Elsevier volunteers connect editors of the Rwanda Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences to journalists Press conference for a new […]

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Two decades on, a research access program continues to thrive

September 27th, 2018

Research4Life partners have renewed their commitment through 2025 and created a new Rule of Law program In her years as […]

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The knowledge to grow sustainably

May 18th, 2018

Myanmar is rapidly transforming. After nearly a century of economic stagnation and decades of authoritarianism that ended only a few […]

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First prize winner Prajwal Rabhindari, President of the Research Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology (RIBB) in Nepal, and second prize winner Dr. Alessio Adamiano, a researcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), pose with their awards.

Guava leaves as preservatives, fish bones as fertilizer — creative ideas for a sustainable future

May 18th, 2018

Winners of the 2018 Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge address food security challenges From the peaks of Nepal […]

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Visiting Experts conduct sustainability research in developing countries

January 9th, 2018

Dr. Mirabbos Hojamberdiev, a senior researcher in the Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent, […]

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TWAS-Elsevier award honours sustainability research

October 18th, 2017

Climate change has been a growing challenge for many of people living around Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Hundreds of […]

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