The South African National Research Foundation - NRF

With the TIPC, South Africa’s Science, Technology and Innovation agencies are working towards a just and inclusive society through transforming national policy.

Following the end of apartheid in 1994, STI policy in South Africa has attempted to address the “triple challenge” of poverty, unemployment, and inequality. With a high R&D investment and worldclass research institutions, South Africa has made
some grounds in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. More recently, a new focus on transformative grassroots innovation and sustainable development has begun to shape policy.

The formulation of the 2017 White Paper for Science, Technology and Innovation provides an opportunity for exploration and experimentation through TIPC to ensure STI policies can become more inclusive with a transformative outcome.

Countries covered: South Africa

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The TIP Resource Lab will be launched in early 2023 as the ‘connective tissue’ between the projects, experiments and geographies of the Consortium. It will offer practical tools and resources for implementing TIP methods, and share learnings from the journey...

TIP Policy Experiment in South Africa Launches

TIPC is expanding its programme of policy experimentation to include a project from founding member country, South Africa. This project focuses on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) associated with provision of water and sanitation. The collaborative project – the...
4 November 2019 - 5 November 2019

TIPC Conference 2019

Read our conference report.   The TIPC annual conference took place this year at Ingenio CSIC-UPV, Valencia, Spain on 4-5th November. The focus was on understanding how academic scholars and practitioners across the globe are interpreting and enacting Transformative Innovation...
22 October 2019 - 24 October 2019

TIP Africa Hub Experimentation Training

The South African National Foundation of Research are hosting a 2 day training on policy experimentation for African policymakers to embark on a National Programme of Transformation. Professor Johan Schot, Academic Director of TIPC, said of the Transformative innovation Policy (TIP) training:...

Join the TIPC Team

Please note these roles are now closed. For more job opportunities, please follow TIPC on Twitter or sign up to the monthly newsletter, the TIPC Digital Digest, below. Applications were invited for two job openings related to the work of the Transformative...

Launch of Transformative Innovation Policy Africa Hub

11 DECEMBER 2018 Senegal, Ghana and Kenya are set to participate in the new Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) Africa Hub.  Supported by current Consortium member, South African’s National Research Foundation (NRF), they will collaboratively look at ways to strengthen their...