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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The Role of Innovation in the Area of Development

This chapter presents the principal outcomes of two meetings held at the OECD in 2009 which focused on innovation and development as part of the cross-cutting work on the OECD Innovation Strategy. The first was a workshop, Innovation for Development: Converting Knowledge to Value, which was a joint OECD-UNESCO undertaking. The second was an expert meeting, Innovating Out of Poverty, initiated by the OECD Development Co-ordination Directorate (DCD). The chapter identifies areas for action to be taken and reviews work done since the meetings to rise to the challenge of putting innovation on the development agenda.


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