December 21, 2017

Project SOHA: Open Science in Haiti & Francophone Africa Universities

Case study by Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou

Project SOHA explores the obstacles preventing the adoption of open science in universities in Haiti and Francophone Africa and provides tools to overcome them. This action research project starts from the premise that universities practicing open science can become powerful tools for local sustainable development.

OS aspect: The research action was based on open access, open science hardware, cognitive justice, commons, collaborative work, openness in African academia.

CS aspect: Truly open science—that is, science for and with the public—cannot simply be an academic question. It must also be open to participation, demands, criticism and knowledge of citizens, bringing them in closer contact with researchers to develop solutions that address their concerns.

The project has identified eight forms of cognitive injustice that prevent graduate students and scholars from Francophone Africa and Haiti to transmit and produce knowledge in service to the sustainable development of their communities.

Contact: Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, Université Laval



Project SOHA is also a key organizer of the African Open Science Hardware Summit in 2018.

Projet SOHA has been funded by OCSDnet, a network of researchers-practitioners working on the role of openness and collaboration in science as a transformative tool for development thinking and practice. The network has also created the OCSDnet Manifesto which outlines 7 principles for inclusive Open Science for social and evironmental well-being.

APSOHA - the Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haiti and Africa - is the future of Projet SOHA which has been funded for 2 years (2015-2017). Since our activities cannot stop due to the end of fundings, we decide to create APSOHA.

Piron, F., et al. (2016). Justice cognitive, libre accès et savoirs locaux. Pour une science ouverte juste au service du développement local durable. Éditions science et bien commun.


This case study is part of the DITOs Policy Brief "Citizen Science and Open Science: Synergies and Future Areas of Work".


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