Innovation is critical to growth and development in Africa. In the context of a continent characterized by fast growing economies as well as an array of socioeconomic challenges, such as high levels of poverty, innovation in Africa must be understood in an encompassing manner. Africa needs to foster the emergence of its own Silicon Valley, but it must also foster the invention and adoption of more efficient wood-fueled traditional stoves that limit deforestation and combat climate change. This book contains a number of analytical case studies that examine the nature and origins of emerging high-end innovation hubs in Africa. These hubs are both understudied and little known inside and outside the continent. With this analysis, the book intends to highlight and draw lessons from some of the most promising and successful innovation cases in Africa today, exploring the key factors driving their successful emergence, growth and future prospects. Relevant for scholars, policymakers and business leaders, the book provides both inspiration and useful policy advice that can inform strategies and concrete measures to foster and speed up the pace of innovation in Africa today.
Edited by Olugbenga Adesida Ihaba, Praia, Cabo Verde Geci Karuri-Sebina, South African Cities Network, Johannesburg, South Africa Joao Resende-Santos, Department of Global Studies, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, USA
1. Introduction - Olugbenga Adesida, Geci Karuri-Sebina and Joao Resende-Santos 2. Towards a Unified Theory of Pan-African Innovation Systems and Integrated Development - Mammo Muchie 3. Innovation Hubs in Southern Africa - Neville Raymond Comins and Erika Kraemer-Mbula 4. Electronic Government in Cabo Verde: The Prospects and Limits of Innovation in Small Island Developing States - Joao Resende-Santos 5. Mobile Technology Innovation Ecosystem in Kenya - Wilfred Mutua Mworia 6. Reviewing Nollywood - Adetokunbo Olugbenga Abiola 7. Cassava as a Driver of Innovation - The Case of Ghana and Nigeria - Julius Gatune 8. Using Agricultural By-Products in Egypt - Palm Residues Industry - Nisreen Lahham 9. The Role of Commodity Boards in Innovation Policy Coordination: Case Studies of the Sugarcane and Tea Sub-Sectors in Kenya - George Omondi Okongo 10. Innovation Hub in the Steel Sector in Algeria - Abdelkader Djeflat 11. Suame Magazine: The Evolving Story of Africa's Largest Industrial Cluster - Julius Gatune 12. Innovation Africa - Looking Forward - Olugbenga Adesida, Geci Karuri-Sebina and Joao Resende-Santos