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It’s not STI: It’s ITS – the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in Africa’s development strategy

It’s not STI: It’s ITS – the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in Africa’s development strategy

Frost, Andy and Clark, Norman (2016) It’s not STI: It’s ITS – the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in Africa’s development strategy. International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development, 15 (1). pp. 3-13. ISSN 1474-2748 (doi:10.1386/tmsd.15.1.3_1)

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Abstract

This article argues that the use of the term ‘science, technology and innovation’ (STI) as a proxy for innovative activity is not only conceptually wrong, it is also misleading. This is particularly an issue in policy analysis for low-income countries (LICs) where it tends to support resource allocation to scientific institutions at the expense of more relevant development interventions affecting the economy as a whole. The article focuses on recent sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) regional science policy initiatives and uses a relevant Department for International Development (DFID) aid programme to provide empirical support.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; development; innovation; policy; science; systems
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 10:31
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16789

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