New Report Advocates Transformative Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development Goals in Panama


A new report titled “Incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into the Science, Technology and Innovation System through Transformative Innovation,” authored by Melina A. Galdos Frisancho, Matias Ramirez, and Ed Steinmueller of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School, sheds light on the potential for Transformative Innovation Policy in Panama. 

The report, which is based on a collaboration between Panama’s Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENACYT) and SPRU, emphasises the need for Panama to align its Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – especially in the light of global challenges posed by climate change, growing inequality and biodiversity loss. Its findings advocate for a paradigm shift towards transformative innovation, emphasising the need for a policy orientation that addresses these pressing issues. 

Through comprehensive analysis and mapping exercises of Panama’s STI policy landscape, the report offers insights into the country’s existing framework and identifies opportunities for transformative interventions. For example, it highlights the importance of engaging diverse stakeholders in a dialogue aimed at opening new pathways for sustainable development and social inclusion.  

By offering actionable recommendations and policy options, the report serves as a roadmap for Panama to navigate the complexities of sustainable development and embrace transformative innovation. It highlights the significance of collective action and dialogue in shaping a more sustainable and inclusive future for the country. 

Access the full report.