Fundamental debates and policy choices for supporting innovation in Africa

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Over the past three decades, a range of attempts have been made to raise the importance of science, technology and innovation on the policy agenda in Africa. This article explores four themes along which growth paths and patterns may be realized, namely regional and global integration, inclusive innovation, priorities and approaches to diversify African economies, and the role of the state. The outcome of a survey highlighted an overwhelming consensus on the importance of education, functioning institutions and good framework conditions but also on the importance of a more inclusive approach to innovation both as a necessity and a significant opportunity for Africa.


  • Sara Grobbelaar
  • Sylvia Schwaag Serger
External organisations
  • Stellenbosch University
  • DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy (SciSTIP)
  • Swedish Government Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova)
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • Africa-centricity, development, growth, innovation, research policy, science policy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-555
Number of pages7
JournalDevelopment (Basingstoke)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 1
Publication categoryResearch