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Innovation in the Informal Sector in Africa


One of the difficulties of discerning an innovation system in many African countries, is the presence of  a large informal sector. The informal sector or informal economy as defined by governments, scholars, banks, etc. is the part of an economy that is not taxed, monitored by any form of government, or included in any gross national product (GNP), unlike the formal economy. Informal economic activity […]

The importance of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology for Africa


Innovations in the fields of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology have far reaching implications for African countries than one would normally think. During the past decade and for several more to come, breakthroughs in these fields have had a huge impact on Africa.For these reasons we report on developments within these fields. Tags: nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology, […]

Disruptive Innovation


The term disruptive technologies was coined by Clayton M. Christensen and introduced in his 1995 article Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave,which he co-wrote with Joseph Bower. A disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology there. MPESA is an […]

InnovationAfrica: The year in review


In 2011, we published 550 stories. Over half of the stories were in Agriculture, Knowledge Management, and ICT. In terms of impact, Agriculture and Medicine has been the most significant. Tags: Open innovation, Agriculture, saharan africa, review, innovationafrica year in review

The African Diaspora as a source of Innovation


By Francis Stevens George Innovation is an imperative for Africa. It is no longer the preserve of the developed countries.  Globalization and technology- are having an unimaginable impact on Africa. We have seen what mobile phones have done to the banking and health sectors for example. Globalization breeds diversity in the market place. This means […]

UNECA-Leadership Through Innovation-Part I

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I recently contacted United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and submitted our questions to Ms Aida Opoku-Mensah, Director – ICT, Science and Technology Division (ISTD). The purpose of our interview was to assess the work of the organization in pushing the innovation agenda across the continent. The interview is divided into two parts. […]

UNECA-Leadership Through Innovation-Part II

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Innovation Africa: I am impressed with the objectives of the second Science with Africa conference. These three objectives are exactly what is needed to make research, invention and new practices to innovation. It highlights the fact that innovation is a multi-stage process. What is UNECA doing to support research in Africa? There are a number […]