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Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators: Lessons from the Development Experience in Africa Edited by Mammo Muchie & Angathevar Baskaran


Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators: Lessons from the Development Experience in Africa Edited by Mammo Muchie & Angathevar Baskaran


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Innovations in the African context, especially sub-Saharan Africa, which has a large informal economy cannot be measured with the conventional metrics employed in developed economies. Hence, it is important to build capacity to develop appropriate system of innovation indicators for the African countries. The contributions in this edited book reflect on both informal and formal sectors by exploring why we need to and how we can develop innovation indicators that are appropriate for measuring and understanding the dynamics of the innovation in different sectors across different countries in Africa.


“While Africa certainly deserves more aid to resolve its development issues, I believe a concrete set of policies for the constituent countries to break out from poverty must focus on developing the science, technology and innovation infrastructure. In this regard, this book breaks ground by deploying a wide range of sensible indicators to promote technological upgrading”.
--Dato’ Rajah Rasiah, Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Malaya, Malaysia & Rajawali Fellow, Harvard University

“This book is timely and welcome for the creation of new sets of indicators of innovation in Africa. This is going to be a relevant and must-read book for both policy makers and researchers working on Africa”.
--Franco Malerba, Professor and President, ICRIOS - The Invernizzi Centre for Research on Innovation, Organization, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Bocconi University, Italy

“The collection of essays in this volume based on serious research in the areas of Science, Technology, Innovation and policy indicators capture the transformation specificities of Sub-Saharan Africa and at the same time are comparable within and across regions. It will be found immensely useful by innovation system scholars, STI policy makers, university students, international donor agencies and economists engaged in innovation and development studies and practice”.
--Lakhwinder Singh, Professor, Centre for Development Economics and Innovation Studies (CDEIS), Punjabi University, India & Editor, Millennial Asia

“An outstanding volume of scholarship that will go a long way in guiding intelligent discussions on the importance of developing distinct innovation indicators for measuring the impact of systems of innovation in Africa’s economic development”.
--Mingfeng Tang, Professor and Director, Sino-French Innovation Research Center, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China

About the Editors

Mammo Muchie is a DST/NRF SARChI Professor (Innovation & Development), Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Oxford University, UK.

Angathevar Baskaran is an Associate Professor at the Department of Development Studies, FEA, University of Malaya, Malaysia & Senior Research Associate, SHARChI (Innovation and Development), Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa.

Category: Technology, Science & Innovation Studies/AFRICA

Trim size:  6X9”

Page count: 360

Publication date: 2020

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