Applying a transformative knowledge systems perspective to gain new insights for STI policy

Atela, Joanes, Ndege, Nora, Marshall, Fiona, Chataway, Joanna, Frost, Andy, Hall, Andy, Ciarli, Tommaso, Confraria, Hugo, Dolley, Jonathan and Shee, Apurba (2021) Applying a transformative knowledge systems perspective to gain new insights for STI policy. In: Hanlin, Rebecca, Tigabu, Aschalew Demeke and Sheikheldin, Gussai (eds.) Building science systems in Africa: conceptual foundations and empirical considerations. Mkuki na Nyota Publishers Ltd and African Centre for Technology Studies, Tanzania and Nairobi, pp. 86-112. ISBN 9789987084890 (Mkuki na Nyota) / 9789966081983 (ACTS)

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A number of low- and middle-income countries such as those of sub-Saharan Africa are adopting science, technology and innovation (STI) policies in their pursuit of sustainable development. Most sub- Saharan countries have developed frameworks and policies aligned to national and continental development visions. However, these countries still lack evidence on how effective STI systems could look like in practice, including what interventions to pursue for optimal outcomes. STI interventions in these countries so far have not yielded clear development returns in line with the real needs of people. The challenge is exacerbated by reliance on global theories and concepts that have not been effectively domesticated in the African context. There is need to understand emerging ways of clarifying and informing STI policies and interventions. This chapter discusses the concept of the ‘Knowledge System’ as a way of informing STI interventions in various contexts to bridge the gap between STI theory and practice.

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Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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