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Africa and the Knowledge Economy

In May 2006, the Skills and Innovation Policy (SIP) program held a major Knowledge Economy conference in South Africa. It aimed to provide a platform for stakeholders and policy makers to discuss how African economies can access and apply knowledge to grow and become more competitive. The follow up research and knowledge sharing activities will focus on innovation policies that can contribute to sustainable economic development in the African context.




bullet point for eventsAgribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa. Kurt Larsen, Ronald Kim and Florian Theus, June 2009. New!


bullet point for eventsKnowledge, Technology and Cluster-Based Growth in AfricaKnowledge, Technology, and Cluster-Based Growth in Africa. Edited by Douglas Zhihua Zeng. February 2008.


bullet point for eventsKnowledge for Africa's Development: Ten Priorities. This report seeks to take further the conversation that was started at the May 2006 Knowledge for Africa's Development Conference. It outlines the role of Science, Technology and Innovation as a means to building a knowledge-based economy.


arrowTanzania in the Knowledge Economy: Fostering Innovation, Productivity, and Technological Change. This WBI working paper argues that the quality of education, particularly post-primary education, is a crucial element of Tanzania ’s capacity to innovate. May 2006.


arrowPreliminary benchmarking Knowledge Economy assessments for Senegal (2006), Tanzania (2004) and Ghana (2003).


Learning Events


arrowDiaspora Philanthropy for Institutional Development in Home Countries: Experience of Ireland Funds and its Relevance for Africa, Washington, DC, March 18, 2009 New !


arrowAfrica Regional Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation, Johannesburg, South Africa, March 16-20, 2009. New !


arrowDeveloping Technology and Innovation in Africa: Focus on Agriculture and Food Industry, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, May 12-14, 2008.


arrowAfrica Regional Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation, Maputo, Mozambique. November 28-29, 2007.

arrow Innovation in the African Context: A Forum for Policymakers. Dublin, Ireland. March 6-8, 2007.


arrowKnowledge Management Capacity for African Research Institutes and Networks: Southern Africa Workshop. Johannesburg, South Africa, November 29th to December 1st, 2006.


arrowKnowledge for Africa's Development: Going Forward. September 27, 2006. Johannesburg, South Africa. A follow up seminar for the conference on the Knowledge for Africa’s Development: Innovation, Education and ICTs.


arrowIslamic Development Bank (IDB) Member Countries and the Knowledge Economy: Opportunities and Challenges. The course introduced the knowledge economy approach as an integrative and coherent set of development strategies that tends to increase long-term economic productivity. March-May 2006.


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Knowledge for Africa’s Development: Innovation, Education and ICTs. This major international conference focused on the key issues that African countries need to address to access and use knowledge to strengthen their competitiveness and increase their economic and social well-being. May 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa.


arrowFrancophone Africa Universities’ Contribution to Development, Lessons to be Learned from Successful Initiatives. Senegal, November December 2005.


arrowFrancophone Africa Universities and the “Knowledge for Development” Framework. This seminar gave 50 university rectors and deans the opportunity to discuss with World Bank experts the role of universities in development strategies. Niamey, Niger, July 2005.


arrowEnhancing the Local-Global Partnership in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS: Bridging the Information Divide. June 2005.


arrowPolicy forum for Africa (2002), with emphasis on Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda. A policy forum for high level policymakers and representatives from the private sector and civil society. March 2001.


All Available Downloads


Did not find what you are looking for? The search engine below provides access to all the downloadable SIP resources relevant to Africa ’s strive towards knowledge economy, big and small – books, reports, policy notes and presentations. 


kam chart smallUse an interactive database - the Knowledge Assessment Methodology (KAM), to benchmark African countries’ position in the global knowledge economy.


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