The careful and thorough documentation of what people do together is essential to supporting evaluation and follow-up. It also enables learning and knowledge-building in the concerned subject matter and in the facilitation of related advocacy efforts. The workshop was organized in Ghana by a national research institute, a regional academy of sciences, and an international scientific foundation, and funded by an international philanthropic foundation. It was part of a project whose overall purpose was to understand and enable scientific equipment policy changes that could benefit the scientific endeavor across Africa, and to consider how this might be accomplished so that scientists are better able to conduct locally relevant research. The scientific endeavor in Africa is saddled with challenges, one of which is scientific equipment. The nature of this challenge broadly spans technological, sociocultural, economic/financial and policy dimensions, this last often overlooked as the others can appear more obvious.