It’s not STI: It’s ITS – the Role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa’s Development Strategy

Clark, Norman and Frost, Andy (2016). It’s not STI: It’s ITS – the Role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa’s Development Strategy. International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development, 15(1) pp. 3–13.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/tmsd.15.1.3_1

Abstract

This article argues that the use of the term ‘science, technology and innovation’ (STI) as a proxy for innovative activity is not only conceptually wrong, it is also misleading.
This is particularly an issue in policy analysis for low-income countries (LICs) where it tends to support resource allocation to scientific institutions at the expense of more relevant development interventions affecting the economy as a whole. The article focuses on recent sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) regional science policy initiatives and uses a relevant Department for International Development (DFID) aid programme to provide empirical support.

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