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African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) 2021

Technological Innovation Development in Africa to Enhance Employability, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation (TIDE)

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African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)

Titre : Technological Innovation Development in Africa to Enhance Employability, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation (TIDE)

Région/Pays : Afrique (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe)

Date : 2021-2023

Descriptif
The youth are Africa’s greatest asset. Africa’s youth population is rapidly growing and expected to double to over 830 million by 2050 (AfDB, 2016). If properly harnessed, this increase could support increased productivity and stronger, more inclusive economic growth. Unfortunately, majority of the youth do not have stable economic opportunities. Of Africa’s nearly 420 million youth aged 15-35, one-third are unemployed and discouraged, another third are vulnerably employed, and only one in six is in wage employment (AfDB, 2016). While 10 to 12 million youth enter the workforce each year, only 3.1 million jobs are created, leaving vast numbers of youth unemployed (Ibid). These conditions have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the youth unemployment challenges in Africa will require sustainable solutions that can be achieved through effective policy interventions and the strengthening of institutions. Unfortunately, Africa as a whole lacks robust policies and plans on science, technology and innovation (STI), which slows down its progress in attaining industrialization and economic development (Ozor, 2020). This is because policies and institutions embedded in STI development have shown to have the greatest potentials to accelerate job creation (African Union Commission, 2014). To make effective policies the use of evidence is paramount (Bowen & Zwi, 2005). Besides, there is no sufficient documentation of technological innovations especially by the youth and women that could be supported for commercialization.

It is against this backdrop that the TIDE project proposes to review the STI policy and institutional landscape/ecosystem in selected sub-Saharan African countries namely : Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe ; with a view to understanding their statuses, what works (successes), what doesn’t work (failures) and why (reasons for successes or failures). The findings and lessons learned from the three years research and intervention activities is aligned with the implementation of Afreximbank’s Private Sector Development Strategy.

Objectifs
The specific objectives of the TIDE project are to : * Conduct a review of the science, technology and innovation (STI) policy and institutional landscape in selected SSA countries with a view to understanding the statuses, what works, what doesn’t work and why ; * Undertake a stakeholder analyses and mapping along the countries’ priority technological innovation value chains with a view to understanding the key actors, their roles, linkages, contexts, capacities, interests, power and influence ; * Facilitate knowledge sharing and policy engagement among stakeholders with a view to developing a stakeholder engagement strategy/action plan within and among countries ; and

Mise en œuvre : African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)

Financement : African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
Subvention : US$ 500,000

African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)

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