Centre d'innovation transformatrice en Afrique (TIAH)

The Transformative Innovation African Hub (TIAH) is based at the Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria, South Africa. TIAH brings together a network of Africa’s science, technology and innovation (STI) ministries and agencies, funders and organisations committed to transformative innovation for systems change, sustainable and inclusive development. This Hub aims to make use of STI in fostering long-term systems change and transforming Africa, thereby contributing to the realisation of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and achieving the SDGs.

TIAH’s programmes and activities include transdisciplinary research in STI domains, working with STI systems actors and stakeholders – researchers, policymakers, funders, investors, industry NGOs and civil society. In delivering the programmes and activities TIAH adopts the broad definition of innovation that goes beyond products and processes and includes social, grassroots, and frugal innovation.

TIAH activities focus on three core themes, which are: 1) Transformative research and knowledge co-production in a co-creative approach, 2) Policy experimentation with demonstrators and formative evaluation, and 3) Training, skills and capabilities building.

TIAH was launched during TIPC’s Africa week in May 2023. Since then the hub has recruited a post doctoral fellow and gave an initial seminar presentation at Future Africa, TIAH’s member organisation and the University of Pretoria’s pan-African collaborative research platform that works across scientific fields and disciplines, and with society, to address Africa’s biggest and most urgent contemporary challenges. 

TIAH seminar with Future Africa
Participants of the TIAH seminar with Future Africa


TIAH focusses on conducting transdisciplinary research in STI domains, working with STI systems actors and stakeholders – researchers, policymakers, funders, investors, industry NGOs and civil society.




The Transformative Innovation Africa Hub is coordinated by the University of Pretoria and works closely with researchers at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. For more information you can mail to Chux Daniels et Mary-Anne Phasa. Below you will find more information about the policy experiment as well as articles and documents developed by TIAH.


TIAH Experimental Case studies

As part of their pilot phase, the Transformative Innovation Africa Hub (TIAH) has conducted three experimental case study projects, yielding insights into defining an experiment and understanding the system in an African context. NOMADIC EDUCATION IN KENYA: A CASE STUDY...


Afrique du Sud




The Transformative Innovation Africa Hub will be hosting a training event on the Southern African Development Community Transformative Innovation Policy in Johannesburg in partnership with the SADC Secretariat, the University of Pretoria, the University of Sussex Business School, the Trilateral Research Chair Transformative Innovation, 4IR and Development, the University of Johannesburg, the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), and the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe). …


Lancement de Transformative Innovation Policy Africa Hub

11 DÉCEMBRE 2018 Le Sénégal, le Ghana et le Kenya sont sur le point de participer au nouveau pôle africain de la politique d'innovation transformatrice (TIP). Soutenus par le membre actuel du consortium, la National Research Foundation (NRF) d'Afrique du Sud, ils examineront en collaboration des moyens de renforcer leur...

Aborder les objectifs de développement durable grâce à une politique d'innovation transformatrice

Les 17 Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD) définis dans l'Agenda 2030 des Nations Unies résument les grands enjeux de notre monde. Leur mise en œuvre nécessite des contributions importantes de la politique de la science, de la technologie et de l'innovation (STI). Cependant, il est clair que...

Élaboration et mise en œuvre d'une politique d'innovation transformatrice : une étude comparative

Le monde contemporain est confronté à un certain nombre de grands défis sociaux et environnementaux tels que les inégalités sociales et le changement climatique. Les politiques d'innovation traditionnelles, axées sur le financement de la R&D, la construction de systèmes d'innovation et la promotion de l'esprit d'entreprise, sont...

Transitions profondes : émergence, accélération, stabilisation et directionnalité

La société industrielle a non seulement conduit à des niveaux élevés de richesse et de bien-être dans le monde occidental, mais aussi à une dégradation écologique mondiale croissante et à des inégalités sociales. Les systèmes socio-techniques qui sous-tendent les sociétés contemporaines ont largement contribué à...