Executive Course on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development

The first two decades of this millennium saw a huge surge of interest and activity in science, technology and innovation policy in Africa. African countries adopted policies and established institutions for science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. By 2018, at least 45 African countries had explicit policy frameworks and created agencies for STI policy. These countries have accumulated differentiated capabilities for and experiences in STI policy-making. They are sources of lessons on STI policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. However, many African countries have not adequately integrated sustainable development considerations into their STI policy frameworks. Their STI policy frameworks are based on conventional economist rationales of enhancing growth and competitiveness; and fail to adequately focus on social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. To a large measure, this is due to weak capacities for STI policy research and analysis within governments of the countries. It is also because most policymakers and researchers in Africa are not exposed to modern and locally relevant conceptual frameworks for STI policy. They tend to rely on and use orthodox reductionist linear approaches to research-innovation-development nexus. Such approaches are incapable of appropriately addressing societal challenges of poverty, gender inequalities, high disease burden, environmental degradation, political conflicts, and water and energy insecurities in Africa.

Topics covered on the course: 

1. Concepts (and theories) of and issues in science, technology and innovation policy
2. Why science, technology and innovation are critical to sustainable development
3. New Technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution
4. The policy process and mechanics of science, technology and innovation policy-making 
5. Transformative Innovation Policy and its application in African contexts
6. Political economy of science, technology and innovation policy
7. Innovative institutions for governing technological change for social and economic transformation
8. Techniques and tools for evaluating the effectiveness of science, technology and innovation policy
9. Case studies of African science, technology and innovation policy processes and instruments

Contact Details

Contact Person: 

Client Information Centre
Course Details

Course Delivery Method: 

In Class In Class

Course Duration: 

5 days


R 16675.00