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Innovation and the Development Agenda

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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 on IDRC programmes see www.idrc.ca.

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Key Issues for Innovation and Development

This chapter presents some of the overarching issues that emerge throughout this volume. Issues relating to the conversion of knowledge to value and its relevance for development are contemplated from various angles. One focus is innovation systems, learning and the policy implications for developing countries. Another considers a framework for the design of strategies and policies for developing countries and issues relating to heterogeneity, localisation and coherence. Still another is specific channels of knowledge acquisition and commercialisation and the competences and capacities needed for innovation among foreign and local actors.

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