An RSS partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) was today given a boost with the announcement that Taylor & Francis Group is to sponsor its 'Statistics in Africa' initiative.
The academic publisher's sponsorship will help support the RSS-AIMS partnership including travel costs for RSS fellows to teach local MSc students at AIMS centres across Africa which will assist in the much-needed growth of the discipline there.
The RSS began a crowdfunding campaign last year, encouraging members and the public to donate money to the cause. This raised several thousand pounds and helped fund the travel costs of Professor Ian Plewis, emeritus professor of social statistics at the University of Manchester, who recently taught a three-week course at AIMS Tanzania. The new sponsorship means that many more RSS fellows will now be able to teach short courses at AIMS centres - for the next four years at least.
Taylor & Francis Group already publishes more than 45 journals in statistics and probability, including the journals of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and operates an editorial office in Cape Town. It is actively involved in a number of other development initiatives in Africa and plans further outreach work such as providing access to its statistics journals, donating books to local libraries and putting on events for African researchers.
RSS executive director Hetan Shah said: ‘The Royal Statistical Society is delighted to be working with Taylor and Francis in building statistical capacity in Africa. Data is not just a metric of development but increasingly recognised as a driver of it. We hope that our contribution will help with the skills development needed to take advantage of the data revolution’
Any RSS fellows interested in volunteering at an AIMS centre and teaching MSc students can find more information on our volunteering page.