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Innovation in Africa

14 April 2009
12:30 - 13:30

Date :

14 April 2009

Time :

12:30 – 13:30


Astrid Szogs, PhD Candidate at the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence, Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Sweden.

African countries are faced with severe challenges regarding the accumulation of technological capabilities, upgrading and catching up. Technological capabilities are essential “ingredients” for catching up and sustainable growth in developing countries. In Africa these capabilities are often not well developed because of weaknesses in the innovation system. The presentation illustrates these challenges with an analysis of the technological learning resulting from the interaction between small and medium-sized firms, NGOs, and a university in Tanzania.


Astrid Szogs is PhD Candidate at the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) at Lund University, Sweden, and affiliated with the Research Policy Institute, Lund University, through the LEAP4D (Learning Economy Analysis and Policies for development) group. Her main research interests are the role and impact of science, technology and innovation policy in a developing country context as well as mechanisms for learning and technological capability building in innovation systems in Africa. She is serving as Faculty member in the African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators Initiative (ASTII).

Please RSVP by 10 April 2009


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