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Innovation and the Development Agenda

Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Watu Wamae

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Innovation drives long-term economic growth. It has a crucial role to play as global economies recover from the current financial crisis.

This book examines the role of innovation in developing countries, with a focus on Africa. It investigates innovation systems and their application; the key role of knowledge in innovation for development; and the importance of comparable country studies and official statistics on innovation. It stresses the need for innovation to become part of a comprehensive development agenda, and makes recommendations for promoting activities in both the formal and informal sectors, with the aim of transforming agriculture into a knowledge-based industry capable of stimulating economic growth.

The editors

Erika Kraemer-Mbula is a Research Officer at the Centre for Research in Innovation Management, University of Brighton, UK, and Research Associate at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.

Watu Wamae is a Research Fellow in Development Policy and Practice at The Open University, United Kingdom.