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Innovation for Development in Africa

1st Edition

By Jussi S. Jauhiainen, Lauri Hooli


194 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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This book uncovers the many ways in which innovations and innovation system development policies have become crucial to development policy formation across Africa.

As new instruments, actors and tools emerge in development cooperation, the role of innovation in the societal development of developing countries needs to be addressed fully. This book delves into subjects as diverse as the changing development policies between the Global North and South, the role of innovation in international aid and development policies, the role of public, private and non-governmental sectors, universities and other development actors, and the potential for inclusive innovation in local communities. In particular, the book asks who benefits from innovation-focussed development policies, and if and how practical innovation instruments include the global poor.

Written in an accessible and engaging style, the book includes a range of discussion questions and further reading suggestions to suit a range of readers, from students right through to policy makers and practitioners, or anyone else looking for an introduction to innovation policies and development in Africa.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Innovation and Development in Africa

3. Evolvement of Development Cooperation

4. Innovation-focused Development Cooperation

5. Private Sector

6. Universities

7. Non-governmental, Intergovernmental and Other Aid Organizations

8. Local Communities

9. Conclusions

About the Authors

Jussi S. Jauhiainen is Professor of Geography, University of Turku (Finland) and Visiting Professor of Human Geography at the University of Tartu (Estonia).

Lauri Hooli is University Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Turku (Finland).

About the Series

Rethinking Development

Rethinking Development offers accessible and thought-provoking overviews of contemporary topics in international development and aid. Providing original empirical and analytical insights, the books in this series push thinking in new directions by challenging current conceptualizations and developing new ones.  

This is a dynamic and inspiring series for all those engaged with today’s debates surrounding development issues, whether they be students, scholars, policy makers and practitioners internationally. These interdisciplinary books provide an invaluable resource for discussion in advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in development studies as well as in anthropology, economics, politics, geography, media studies and sociology.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Science & Technology Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries