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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 392; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020392

Open Innovation and Innovation Intermediaries in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
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UNU-MERIT, 6211 AX Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Social Studies Department, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana 22560, Mexico
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African Development Bank, Abidjan 00225, Cote D’Ivoire
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African Technology Policy Studies Network, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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The Scinnovent Centre, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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Received: 12 October 2018 / Revised: 31 December 2018 / Accepted: 4 January 2019 / Published: 14 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

This study explores the innovation intermediaries’ landscape in sub-Saharan Africa, considering Science Granting Councils (SGCs) as the key intermediaries in the system. Based on extensive desk research, personal interviews, and an online survey, the study discusses the roles and functions performed by SGCs as intermediators and influences of science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy. The results of the analysis corroborate the need for institutional and systemic changes to enable SGCs to perform their role. The realities, resources, and constraints at the local level cry out for the adaptation of current and future partnerships to the local context. The study concludes that only by tailoring partnerships to the development of capacity at the local level can SGCs perform effectively as influencers of national STI policy and mediators of partnerships with foreign development actors. View Full-Text
Keywords: Innovation policy; innovation intermediaries; science-technology and innovation (STI); open innovation; public-private partnerships in research and innovation (PPPs in RI); Science Granting Councils (SGCs); sub-Saharan Africa Innovation policy; innovation intermediaries; science-technology and innovation (STI); open innovation; public-private partnerships in research and innovation (PPPs in RI); Science Granting Councils (SGCs); sub-Saharan Africa
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Vallejo, B.; Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, B.; Ozord, N.; Bolo, M. Open Innovation and Innovation Intermediaries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sustainability 2019, 11, 392.

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