African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (ASTII) Initiative series, Policy Brief No. 3, December 2013
The African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (ASTII) Initiative was launched in 2007 by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as one of the programme areas of Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA). The ASTII Initiative supports both evidence-based STI policy formulation and review; enhances regional cooperation and collaboration on S&T and innovation activities or programmes; strengthens Africa’s human and institutional capacities for STI indicators and related surveys; contributes to the production of reliable African STI indicators and related data sets available and in use. Under ASTII participating countries undertake R&D and Innovation surveys to produce the data needed to compile indicators on the status of STI.
This Policy Brief shows that ASTII has stimulated AU member states to start conducting R&D and innovation surveys and to build national capacities to inform STI policy formulation and review. However, AU members states are hampered by a number of challenges in their efforts to transition their economies, and these include the limited resources of the responsible bodies to collect and analyse data from R & D and Innovation surveys at national level.
The ASTII Policy Brief No. 3 'ASTII CONTRIBUTING TO AFRICA’S TRANSITION TO AN INNOVATION-LED AND KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY'
The ASTII Policy Brief No. 2 'MONITORING AFRICA’S PROGRESS IN RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT (R&D) INVESTMENTS'
The ASTII Policy Brief No. 1 'SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTIVITY OF THE AFRICAN UNION MEMBER STATES (2005 TO 2010)'
The ASTII newsletter (Nov. 2013)
The 'African Innovation Outlook 2010'
The 'African Innovation Outlook II' (March 2014)
The AOSTI Working Papers No. 2 'Science, Technology and Innovation Policy-Making in Africa: An Assessment of Capacity Needs and Priorities'
The AOSTI Working Papers No. 1 'Assessing Best Practices of Science, Technology and Innovation Observatories'