Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Innovation and the Development Agenda


Pages: 152
ISBN 978-92-64-08891-7
August 2010


Published by OECD and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada

Edited by Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Watu Wamae


Innovation drives long-term economic growth. It has a crucial role to play as global economies recover from the current financial crisis. This book examines the role of innovation in developing countries, with a focus on Africa. It investigates:

  • innovation systems and their application;
  • the key role of knowledge in innovation for development;
  • the importance of comparable country studies and official statistics on innovation.

It stresses the need for innovation to become part of a comprehensive development agenda, and makes recommendations for promoting activities in both the formal and informal sectors, with the aim of transforming agriculture into a knowledge-based industry capable of stimulating economic growth.


Innovation and the Development Agenda is an important component of the overall OECD Innovation Strategy, which seeks to create stronger and more sustainable growth, while addressing the key global challenges of the 21st century. It is also part of the Innovation, Technology, and Society programme of International Development Research Centre (IDRC).


Table of contents

Executive Summary (download)

Chapter 1.The Role of Innovation in the Area of Development

Chapter 2. Key Issues for Innovation and Development

Chapter 3. The Relevance of Innovation Systems to Developing Countries

Chapter 4. Adapting the Innovation Systems Framework to Sub-Saharan Africa

Chapter 5. Knowledge Policy for Development

Chapter 6. Facilitating North-South Knowledge Sharing: Conditions for Enhanced Knowledge Flows

Chapter 7. Innovation Strategies in Developing Countries


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