For public policy-making
• AOSTI will collect and review STI policies in member states and raise awareness of potential policy mixes and the impacts of such policies.
• Policy-makers will be able to use the AOSTI outputs to strengthen the tools for national, regional and continental strategic planning, support evidence-based policy-making, monitor and evaluate investments in STI. They will use the STI statistics produced by AOSTI to (i) respond to policy requests such as progress towards the target set by African countries to spend 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) on research and development R&D), (ii) make international comparisons of R&D and innovation performance across African countries and abroad and (iii) identify areas of innovation that nee policy support.
• Feedback on the usage of the statistics produced by AOSTI will assist AOSTI to continuously improve the quality and content of the African Innovation Outlook series and other information products.
For the business community
• Businesses innovate or perish in a competitive environment. Measurements of innovation produced by AOSTI will indicate the sources of innovation, drivers of innovation activities and highlight the contribution of innovation to revenue generation. This will assist businesses to reposition themselves in their working environments.
• The African Innovation Outlook series and policy alerts that AOSTI will publish and will provide information on regional trends and government supports to business R&D. These latter include grants, procurement policies or fiscal incentives. Information on these schemes will encourage African businesses to compete locally and internationally.
For the scientific and research community
• The African research community will be called upon to identify those parts of the existing body of knowledge or areas for future research and analysis that would be beneficial in solving Africa’s recurrent or emerging development challenges, such as contributing to the understanding of the application of innovation in the agricultural, health and informal sectors.
• African governments, universities and the private sector will use the AOSTI platform to engage in continuous exchanges of ideas and build consensus on scientific, technological and innovation opportunities that need to be harnessed in order to provide real solutions to African challenges. AOSTI will push the boundaries of STI research to address African specific socio-economic contexts.
For the African community at large
• AOSTI will inform African citizens of the state of STI on the continent and increase public access to, and awareness of STI activities and their benefits.