n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Ghana's innovation system : what's wrong with it, and why

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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Science, technology, and innovation (STI) are expected to play a key role in lifting Ghana to middle-income status by 2020. Ghana is not alone in wanting to promote STI as a means to socio-economic development; governments throughout Africa have been making political commitments in support of the knowledge economy. The paper provides a micro-assessment of the Ghanaian national innovation system (NIS) and in particular of the role of the public research institutes and the three oldest and largest universities. It addresses the adequacy of public funding for the system along with its scientific and technological output and finds both below par. Reasons for under-performance lie further in the management of human resources, underdeveloped and badly understood institutions, widespread coordination failures, a lack of reflexivity, and a general absence of effective linkages between the various elements of the system. The paper also points to success stories that illustrate the untapped potential of the NIS and suggests how the system could be improved.

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