African Innovation Outlook 2010 - Executive Summary

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The ASTII programme forms part of Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan ofAction (CPA), which among other things aims to build the human and institutional capacitiesneeded to produce common internationally comparable indicators as tools for the ongoingsurvey of research and innovation at national levels. One of the outcomes has been theestablishment of national capacity to conduct such surveys regularly.

This phase of the programme was designed to serve as a learning mechanism based onimplementing R&D and innovation surveys, analysing the data and using the results in policymaking.The knowledge and experience gained will be consolidated to improve the processin future, inform the roll-out to further countries and increase the scope of the programme.

The African Innovation Outlook 2010 is published as the first in a series, intended to informthe people of Africa and other interested parties about STI activities in African countries. Theavailability and usage of the African Innovation Outlook is expected to generate debate, whichwill enrich the process of collecting better quality data and improve understanding of policyprocesses in Africa. The debate is expected to contribute to African solutions to Africanproblems and influence the work on STI indicators.

The R&D and innovation surveys are underpinned by international best practice. The R&Dsurveys are informed by the definitions in the OECD Frascati Manual and the innovationsurveys by the OECD/Eurostat Oslo Manual, as adopted by the first Intergovernmental Meetingon Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators in Maputo, Mozambique in 2007.

The African Innovation Outlook comprises six chapters. Readers are advised to refer to thevarious chapters and references therein for more information.

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