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Innovation and the Development Agenda
OECD, The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. Edited by Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Watu Wamae. Published by : OECD Publishing , Publication date:  12 Aug 2010
Pages: 152 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264088924 , OECD Code: 922010081E1
Price:   €24 | $34 | £21 | ¥3100 | MXN440
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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.

Innovation and the Development Agenda is an important component of the overall OECD Innovation Strategy, which seeks to create stronger and more sustainable growth, while addressing the key global challenges of the 21st century. It is also part of the Innovation, Technology, and Society programme of IDRC.  For more information about the OECD Innovation Strategy, see For more information on IDRC programmes see

Table of contents:
  - Foreword
  - Acknowledgements
  - Executive Summary
  - The Role of Innovation in the Area of Development
  - Key Issues for Innovation and Development
  - The Relevance of Innovation Systems to Developing Countries
  - Adapting the Innovation Systems Framework to Sub-Saharan Africa
  - Knowledge Policy for Development
  - Facilitating North-South Knowledge Sharing: Conditions for Enhanced Knowledge Flows
  - Innovation Strategies in Developing Countries
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