For the interest of bridging skills gap and providing opportunity to African talents living abroad to contribute to African development through brain gain-knowledge transfer, African experts (who work at the interface of research and policy) are encouraged to come and work with CDP for a short period of time. This could be part of their sabbatical leave. They come and do different capacity strengthening activities such as training, capacity assessment, write research proposals, and mentor and coach junior experts in certain areas. As follow-up of their work at CDP, they continue to deliver trainings (virtually), advice and supervision remotely. This promotes knowledge sharing and skills transfer. It also provides an opportunity to our local experts to gain international experience.