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Mapping Academic Literature on Governing Inclusive Green Growth in Africa: Geographical Biases and Topical Gaps

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Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
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Department of Economic and Management Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria West, Pretoria 0183, South Africa
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International Development Department, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AH, UK
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Ethiopia Development Research Institute, Addis Ababa 2479, Ethiopia
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Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria
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Institute of Environmental Management and Quality Control, Njala University, Njala, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone
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Society for Planet and Prosperity, Abuja, Nigeria
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Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AH, UK
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Centre for Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Nigeria, Abakaliki, Nigeria
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Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 1956; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051956
Received: 31 January 2020 / Revised: 21 February 2020 / Accepted: 26 February 2020 / Published: 4 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Circular Economy and Sustainable Strategies)
A strong indigenous capacity for credible, salient and legitimate knowledge production is crucial to support African countries in developing their economies and societies inclusively and sustainably. In this article, we aim to quantify the current and historic capacity for African knowledge production to support the green economy in Africa, and identify important topical gaps. With a focus on topics relating to Governing Inclusive Green Growth in Africa (GIGGA), our research mapped how much Africa-focused research is being produced, from where and which African countries have higher or lower supply; and the topical focus of the research, mapping it against the African GIGGA policy discourses visible in government strategies. To do this we undertook a systematic review using a two-stage process, mapping the literature for GIGGA. This resulted in 960 verified citations. Content analysis of core metadata and article abstracts enabled mapping of the research focus. The analysis revealed a significant role for South Africa as both the pre-eminent producer of GIGGA literature as well as the geographic focus of GIGGA research, with Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya representing emerging loci of credible, African-relevant knowledge production. Topically, there was a strong emphasis on development, policy and environment while topics important for growth that is inclusive in character were infrequent or absent. Overall the results reinforced the view that investment is needed in research on inclusive green growth, linked to capacity building for knowledge production systems in Africa. Furthermore, from a policy perspective, policy makers and academics need to actively explore best to collaborate to ensure that academic research informs government policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: green growth; green governance; inclusive; Africa; capacity building green growth; green governance; inclusive; Africa; capacity building
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Cooper, A.; Mukonza, C.; Fisher, E.; Mulugetta, Y.; Gebreeyesus, M.; Onuoha, M.; Massaquoi, A.-B.; Ahanotu, K.C.; Okereke, C. Mapping Academic Literature on Governing Inclusive Green Growth in Africa: Geographical Biases and Topical Gaps. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1956. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051956

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Cooper A, Mukonza C, Fisher E, Mulugetta Y, Gebreeyesus M, Onuoha M, Massaquoi A-B, Ahanotu KC, Okereke C. Mapping Academic Literature on Governing Inclusive Green Growth in Africa: Geographical Biases and Topical Gaps. Sustainability. 2020; 12(5):1956. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051956

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Cooper, Adam, Chipo Mukonza, Eleanor Fisher, Yacob Mulugetta, Mulu Gebreeyesus, Magnus Onuoha, Abu-Bakar Massaquoi, Kennedy C. Ahanotu, and Chukwumerije Okereke. 2020. "Mapping Academic Literature on Governing Inclusive Green Growth in Africa: Geographical Biases and Topical Gaps" Sustainability 12, no. 5: 1956. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051956

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