The growth of the science centre field is necessary for equality of opportunity and global sustainability. This session focuses on collaborative projects to develop science centres in Africa with models relevant for science centre development elsewhere in the world. At the 5th Science Centres World Congress in Toronto, keynote speaker President Mohammed Hassan of the World Academy of Science (TWAS) made a heartfelt plea for help in developing science centres in Africa. This request was followed up at the 6th Science Centres World Congress in Cape Town with a capacity-developing workshop when a number of emerging projects were identified. Nine years on from the original request there has been some good progress and this session will reflect on current challenges and opportunities in African countries. The different models for start-up activity have relevance for science centre development in other regions including South East Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America.