TIPC Policy Brief: Transforming Science, Technology and Innovation Policies in Africa – Insights from Ghana, Senegal and South Africa


Africa’s transformation ambitions towards a knowledge economy that is underpinned by innovation is articulated in continental frameworks such as Agenda 2063 and Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024), and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025). Moreover, science, technology and innovation (STI) are key pillars in facilitating countries capacity to meet their national development objectives, in addition to their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) research involves researchers and policymakers from across the globe. The research aims to contribute to improving our understanding on how to better STI policy formulation, implementation, evaluation, and governance.

Against this background, three African countries, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal were selected for the TIP Africa exploratory research project, focusing on country-level case studies. This exploratory TIP Africa research helps participating countries to: (1) understand the TIP vocabulary and criteria in relation to their local contexts, (2) map their STI policy ecosystem and actors, and (3)  valuate the readiness of their national STI policies to deliver on the SDGs.