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Participants at the first annual international conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI), held in Nairobi, Kenya, often spoke passionately about the need to strengthen the ability of Africa's scientific community to inform government policy-making and public discourse with independent, evidence-based advice. Below is a sample of quotes from various conference speakers.

Enriqueta Bond

ASADI is "the right issue at the right time, and deserves all of our collective will and hard work."
-- Enriqueta C. Bond, chair, Board on African Science Academy Development; member, Institute of Medicine; and president, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Lee Yee-Cheong

"Merely offering advice is not enough. …I appeal to you: Get your hands dirty."
-- Lee Yee-Cheong, coordinator of the U.N. Millennium Project Task Force on Science, Technology, and Innovation, and president of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations

Miriam Were

"The bottom line is how you improve the lives of the people."
-- Miriam Were, chair, African Medical and Research Foundation, and chair, National AIDS Control Council, Kenya

Victor Anomah Ngu

"It's now evident that (national) independence without development is really dependence."
-- Victor Anomah Ngu, president, Cameroon Academy of Sciences

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