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Transformative Innovation Policy Africa Exploratory Hub

This project will enable three countries in sub-Saharan Africa to undertake research and inform policymaking in science, technology, and innovation (STI) in their respective countries. These short pilot projects will map out the current state of STI with a lens of “transformative change” that has been successfully applied by the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) in recent years in high and upper-middle-income countries.

The TIPC is a group of policymakers and funding agencies working together to give substance to a new framing for STI policy that aims to contribute to addressing global societal challenges, as encapsulated in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These include climate change, inequality, employment, and pathways to economic growth and development.

Case studies will be developed by in-country researchers using the TIPC methodology to help identify specific recommendations for STI policy. The three selected countries will also have an opportunity to engage in the global conversation around innovation policy with the entire consortium, and to explore opportunities for continued participation beyond the pilot phase. This project will directly benefit the work of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in providing new research and policymaking avenues for STI in sub-Saharan Africa.

The project will build on TIPC’s successes in the past two years in reconceptualizing innovation for sustainable development, and in exploring new ways for research funders around the world to have a greater impact in this area. The TIPC approach includes policy experimentation, capacity-building, and research, which all inform local implementation projects and sustain a global research network. This network in turn aims to fundamentally change how we approach science and innovation policies, from their inception to their evaluation.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
15 months
IDRC Officer
Matthew Wallace
Total Funding
CA$ 217,700.00
Foundations for Innovation
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Chux Daniels
The University of Sussex


Transformative innovation policy Africa hub exploratory

Transformative innovation policy Africa hub exploratory


The Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) Africa Exploratory Hub (TIP Africa Hub) involved four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa. Country research teams where made up of researchers and policymakers. Findings reveal that for transformative innovation to be successful, the concerns of existing local cultures, practices and livelihoods must be addressed; for example, of the pastoralists in Kenya or electronic waste collectors in Ghana. Individuals and communities are essential local agents for change, transformation and achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). The report provides a summary of project activities along with recommendations.

Author(s): Daniels, Chux

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Language: English

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