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GLOBELICS 2011

The STEPS Centre ran a special session at the 9th Globelics Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17 November, entitled Innovation for Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development.

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‘Putting Africa First: The Making of African Innovation Systems’

Putting Africa First: The Making of African Innovation Systems (2003)
Authors: Mammo Muchie, Peter Gammeltoft, Bengt-Åke Lundvall

Putting Africa first: the making of African innovation systems was published at a time when African governments came together to form a Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD, committing to bringing about an African Renaissance. The debate in the literature at the time was on whether following advanced countries in developing science, technology and innovation would be appropriate for Africa considering the lack of infrastructure – including basic infrastructure – weak institutions and weak linkages between actors.

The book puts forward the premise that a systems of innovation approach that is based on indigenous knowledge and capabilities may in fact be the most appropriate approach for achieving sustainable development in Africa as it places emphasis on learning and competence building. It thus provides the tools for the structural transformation necessary for economic and social development in the region. The premise is that the approach should be context sensitive, taking into account local and regional specificities.

The book includes 21 chapters and draws on empirical research in Africa, Europe and Asia. As reviews of the book indicate, it has its shortfalls, particularly in not completely following through with its argument and missing elements key to development (Carmody 2006; Kankuzi 2005). The book has however been influential in that it was the first of its kind to assert the usefulness of the systems of innovation approach for analyzing development in Africa, and in bringing the focus to learning and competency building at the national and regional levels (Lundvall, Muchie and Gammeltoft 2003).

Timeline entry contributed by Il-haam Petersen

Association of African Women for Research and Development

The Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD -Senegal) highlights the importance of women’s participation in politics and development.

There has been no space in Africa which has really encompassed women in politics, development and decision making. Women have been excluded in decision making process in many patriarchal societies. There is a need for creating awareness that women can (!), yes they can, and we should campaign for their inclusion in decision making processes and increased representation in Parliament.

Entry submitted by Perpetua Ng’ang’a

Symposium ’09: final session – Responses from the international community, government, media, civil society and the private sector

The last session, chaired by Melissa Leach, invited various participants to feed back on the preceding discussions.

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Symposium ’09: Session 3 – What opportunities are presented by the global redistribution of innovative activity?

This session was chaired by Martin Bell and discussed the opportunities and challenges resulting from the emergence of new centres of science and innovation.

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STEPS Centre Symposium ’09: Multimedia

The STEPS Centre’s Annual Symposium focussed on our New Manifesto project. We attempted to capture a flavour of the discussions by recording video interviews, taking photos, by bloggers  contributing  thier thoughts and by making speaker presentations available.

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