Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy in Africa - Second Training workshop

Abidjan 25-29 September 2017 - Representatives of 12 countries from the Regional Economic Community of West African States (Burkina Faso, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, Togo) participated in the second in a series of workshops on the ‘Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies for Africa’ (DEIP-Africa) as part of the implementation of the AOSTI 2017 capacity building programme and the MOU signed between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-Merit).


The second training course on DEIP in African countries was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire between the 25th and 29th September, 2017. Experts (policy makers, government’s official and other relevant stakeholders involved in STI activities) discussed on existing ST&I policies and their development, in light of the African Union Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024), and the broader African Union Agenda 2063.

They have acquired a complete comprehension of DEIP methodologies and principles and were trained on how to:

  • Promote Smart specialization?
  • Use presence of Foreign Direct Investments and MNC, Global Value Chain to promote domestic industry/build capability of industry?
  • Facilitate University–industry linkages?
  • Promote innovation in SMEs and informal sector to improve the livelihood?
  • Promote entrepreneurship development and start-up to diversify economic activities in their respective country?

For more information, please download the policy brief.


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