Innovation Africa: Emerging Hubs of Excellence

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Emerald Group Publishing, Mar 31, 2016 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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Innovation is critical to growth and development in Africa. In the context of a continent characterized by fast growing economies as well as an array of socioeconomic challenges, such as high levels of poverty, innovation in Africa must be understood in an encompassing manner. Africa needs to foster the emergence of its own Silicon Valley, but it must also foster the invention and adoption of more efficient wood-fueled traditional stoves that limit deforestation and combat climate change. This book contains a number of analytical case studies that examine the nature and origins of emerging high-end innovation hubs in Africa. These hubs are both understudied and little known inside and outside the continent. With this analysis, the book intends to highlight and draw lessons from some of the most promising and successful innovation cases in Africa today, exploring the key factors driving their successful emergence, growth and future prospects. Relevant for scholars, policymakers and business leaders, the book provides both inspiration and useful policy advice that can inform strategies and concrete measures to foster and speed up the pace of innovation in Africa today.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Towards a Unified Theory of PanAfrican Innovation Systems and Integrated Development
13
3 Innovation Hubs in Southern Africa
37
The Prospects and Limits of Innovation in Small Island Developing States
99
5 Mobile Technology Innovation Ecosystem in Kenya
167
6 Reviewing Nollywood
207
7 Cassava as a Driver of Innovation The Case of Ghana and Nigeria
239
8 Using Agricultural ByProducts in Egypt Palm Residues Industry
283
Case Studies of the Sugarcane and Tea SubSectors in Kenya
311
10 Innovation Hub in the Steel Sector in Algeria
343
The Evolving Story of Africas Largest Industrial Cluster
397
12 Innovation Africa Looking Forward
427
Biographies
451
Index
457
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Edited by Olugbenga Adesida Ihaba, Praia, Cabo Verde Geci Karuri-Sebina, South African Cities Network, Johannesburg, South Africa Joćo Resende-Santos, Department of Global Studies, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, USA

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