Informality and Innovation: Bottom-up Industrialization for Africa?

Informality and Innovation: Bottom-up Industrialization for Africa?

By • on September 17, 2020

The Research Handbook on Development and the Informal Economy has several studies on open innovation. The advantages of operating within a system of open collaborative innovation are highlighted. Through their case study open innovation is defined as the use of both individual and shared ideas, related to both internal and external market access in

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Open Innovation in Africa

Open Innovation in Africa

By • on May 27, 2016

The ODI website reported that governments across Africa are increasingly recognizing the benefits that embracing open data and open innovation can bring. Many African countries have open data initiatives while the latest Open Data Barometer research shows improvements in government transparency and

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Facilitating Health Innovation in Africa

Facilitating Health Innovation in Africa

By • on May 2, 2016

The Benzinga website reported that a new five year Strategic Plan of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) has been released. The strategy highlights an open innovation and partnership model that integrates lessons across diseases and technology platforms as more promising in

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Using Open Innovation to combat Ebola

Using Open Innovation to combat Ebola

By • on March 31, 2015

The Intellectual Property Watch website reported that in light of the persistence of the Ebola outbreak and the demands it has placed on global infection containment resources and processes, the United States government disaster response community recognized an opportunity to use open innovation to make

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Open Innovation Tackles NCDs in Africa

Open Innovation Tackles NCDs in Africa

By • on November 25, 2014

The Devex Impact website reported that to understand more about Africa’s increasing noncommunicable diseases (NCD) threat, we need to bring together the brightest scientific minds to work as a team rather than struggling alone to find answers. No single country in the region has enough researchers

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Open Innovation Comes to Namibia

Open Innovation Comes to Namibia

By • on November 20, 2013

The All Africa website posted an article which noted that open innovation has developed from a buzzword into an established practice of innovation management. Sources of external input for innovation are plentiful, including market actors like customers, suppliers, competitors; the scientific system

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Telkom calling on South African Innovators

Telkom calling on South African Innovators

By • on September 11, 2013

The ITNewsAfrica website announced that Telkom has launched an open innovation “Mega Challenge” to all South African innovators. The company has invited all small and medium business, universities, research institutes, not-for-profit organizations, start-ups, individual inventors and innovators

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Open Innovation for Africa

Open Innovation for Africa

By • on May 1, 2013

The IdeaConnection blog reported on the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa competition. Ten African finalists have just been selected from more than 900 submissions from 45 countries. The annual open innovation contest is a global call for market-oriented ideas to help solve some of Africa’s most pressing

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Open Innovation Africa Summit

Open Innovation Africa Summit

By • on May 29, 2012

The Itnewsafrica website notes that more than 200 of Africa’s top policy makers, developers, entrepreneurs and private enterprises will  engage in three days of intense debate at the Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS) held in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Zimbabwe:Open Innovation Can Assist Economic Recovery

Zimbabwe:Open Innovation Can Assist Economic Recovery

By • on May 3, 2012

An article on the Allafrica website says that open innovation can kick-start a new entrepreneurial cycle for Zimbabwe. The central idea behind open innovation is that in a world of widely distributed knowledge, companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research, but should instead buy or

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