Title: Developing capacity in management of science, technology and innovation in Africa

Authors: Charles Davis, Scott Tiffin, Fola Osotimehin

Addresses: Program on Innovation Systems Management, International Development Research Centre, P.O. Box 8500, Ottawa, K1G 3H9, Canada ' SocioTECH Inc., Suite 1730,700 6th Ave. S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3C4, Canada ' Unit for Operational Activities, Science Sector, UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, 75700, Paris, France; Director, Technology and Environment Management Program, ICDA, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria

Abstract: With the exception of South Africa, Africa south of the Sahara has little teaching or research capability in the management of science, technology and innovation (MSTI). Only a small number of university-based units are currently active in Africa in this field. An MSTI program in Africa cannot be a mere transplantation of ideas and approaches used in other contexts. The necessary knowledge base and the conditions of implementation of MSTI skills are in many respects specific to Africa. At the same time, international exchanges are crucial. This article presents some considerations pertaining to the content and structure of a regional MSTI initiative in Africa.

Keywords: Africa; teaching; research; extension; innovation; science and technology; technology management; innovation management; international exchanges.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1994.025562

International Journal of Technology Management, 1994 Vol.9 No.1, pp.43 - 60

Available online: 23 May 2009 *

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