Applying innovation in Africa’s sustainable development: Governance, business practices and public policies


Editors: Allam Ahmed and Chux Daniels, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK

Recent global events, such as the financial crisis that started in 2008, have shown the potential of innovation (e.g. in finance) to contribute towards short-term economic gains that result in privatising rewards for the few while socialising risks for the many, particularly the poor and marginalised in the society. In its present form, innovation is not working for everyone. In addition, the potentials for innovation to help promote sustainable development (SD), by enhancing governance, business practices and public policies, is yet to be fully harnessed. Moreover the African Union (AU) recently launched Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024), emphasises the critical role of science, technology and innovation (STI) for Africa’s socio-economic development and innovation-led growth. STISA-2024, as a continental strategy and policy, echoes key STI themes with a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to explore the potentials for innovation as a mechanism for promoting SD, by enhancing governance, business practices and public policies. In addition, STISA-2024 underscores the importance of collaborations between education and research institutions, private and public entities as well as commercialisation of research and innovation outputs in realising socio-economic development that is sustainable, inclusive and innovation-led. Furthermore, STISA-2024 acknowledges that presently the priority for the majority of the continent is in “applying” or “utilising” innovation for [inclusive and sustainable] development; as opposed to the “transforming” or “rethinking” aspects of innovation. Consequently, this book will focus on the application and utilisation of innovation for addressing societal challenges, thereby promoting development. Issues of governance of innovation, business practices, public policies and their impacts on innovation and implications for SD in Africa are also critically examined. Ultimately, the aim of this book is to improve readers’ knowledge and understanding of how innovation can be better applied in addressing Africa’s socio-economic and development challenges in an inclusive and sustainable manner.

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Submissions of chapters for the book (no more than two chapters per author) are invited from all contributors, but need not limit their options to these topics/themes discussed above. Please submit your book proposal directly to the Editors ().

Deadline for Chapter Submission: 15 August 2016

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