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"Innovation Capabilities for Sustainable Development in Africa"

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"Innovation Capabilities for Sustainable Development in Africa"

Working Paper 2014/062, World Institute for Development Economics Research

March 2014

Authors: Keun Lee, Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa, John Mathews

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Agricultural Innovation in Africa; Science, Technology, and Globalization; Science, Technology, and Public Policy



A sustainable pathway for Africa in the twenty-first century is laid out in the setting of the development of innovation capabilities and the capture of latecomer advantages. Africa has missed out on these possibilities in the twentieth century while seeing the East Asian countries advance. There are now abundant examples and cases to draw on, in the new setting where industrial development has to have green tinges to be effective.


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For Academic Citation:

Lee, Keun, Calestous Juma, and John Mathews. "Innovation Capabilities for Sustainable Development in Africa." Working Paper, World Institute for Development Economics Research, March 2014.

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