Innovation for Development in West Africa: Challenges for Promoting ST&I Policy

This policy brief is an outcome of the second training course on Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy for Africa (DEIP-Africa). It reviews the common challenges for participating countries to inform researchers and policymakers of future research areas that would enhance Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) policy in Africa.


This Policy Brief has identified both different and common agendas in the 12 countries in the ECOWAS Regional Economic Community that participated in the second DEIP-Africa course. 

There are several cross-cutting challenges involving ST&I. These are: 

  • Improving agricultural productivity;
  • Diversifying economic activities;
  • Generating employment through private sector development;
  • Development of human resource capacity; and
  • Enhancing the linkages between university and industry. 
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