Knowledge & Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future

S. Elahi and J. de Beer, with D. Kawooya, C. Oguamanam, N. Rizk, Knowledge & Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future, (Cape Town: Open AIR, 2013).

172 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2015  

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Chidi Oguamanam

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Nagla Rizk

American University in Cairo - School of Business; American University in Cairo - Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D)

Shirin Elahi

Independent

Dick Kawooya

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - School of Information Studies

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

In this book, the authors trace the contours of knowledge and innovation in Africa from the founding civilisations to today’s current realities, and then set out the drivers of change that can be expected to shape innovation systems on the continent between now and the year 2035. The volume then offers three plausible scenarios - elements of which are likely to emerge in various settings on the continent in the short - to medium-term.

Each scenario raises different issues for control of, and access to, knowledge in Africa. Taken together, they focus on the trend of regional and international wireless engagement, the power of the continent's informal economy, and the importance of traditional knowledge (TK) throughout Africa. The key insight for policymakers, business leaders, scholars and civil society in this publication is that the question is not whether intellectual property (IP) rights will be relevant in the future, but rather which rights will be most important in different scenarios.

Keywords: Innovation Studies, African Studies, Sustainable Development, Intellectual Property

JEL Classification: O34, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy and Oguamanam, Chidi and Rizk, Nagla and Elahi, Shirin and Kawooya, Dick, Knowledge & Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future (2013). S. Elahi and J. de Beer, with D. Kawooya, C. Oguamanam, N. Rizk, Knowledge & Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future, (Cape Town: Open AIR, 2013).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2660957

Jeremy De Beer (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Chidi Oguamanam

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Nagla Rizk

American University in Cairo - School of Business ( email )

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Cairo, 11835
Egypt
+201223105766 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www1.aucegypt.edu/faculty/naglarzk/

American University in Cairo - Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) ( email )

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Cairo
Egypt

HOME PAGE: http://schools.aucegypt.edu/Business/A2K4D/Pages/default.aspx

Shirin Elahi

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Dick Kawooya

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - School of Information Studies

Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States

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