Promoting Inclusive Innovation Through Policy

I had the pleasure of participating in a conference on Innovation for Inclusive Development organised by the OECD, the World Bank and UNU-Merit. Discussions in the conference sought to find ways in which governments, private sector, the research community and other stakeholders can support the emergence of and scaling up of inclusive innovations. How does […]

The First (or Second) of a Thousand Steps: Car Manufacture in Kenya

Kenya is building cars! For a student of innovation, that’s exciting news. And given my interest in social, inclusive and frugal innovation, news of a low-cost car coming to market, developed for rural and off-road use, using locally-sourced materials, is even more exciting. OK, let me clarify: Kenya has been building (assembling) cars for a while now, but only […]

Musings on Kenya’s GDP Statistical Revision

Several African countries have been revising the numbers they use to calculate their Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Ghana led the pack in 2010 with a 60% upward GDP revision, and now Nigeria boasts a revised GDP of 510 billion dollars, almost double her previously reported GDP—a staggering number compared to other African countries. This makes Nigeria the […]

Africa economic renaissance!?

When I signed up to study economics of innovation, I never knew how emotionally draining the process would be. I really didn’t appreciate before how much more African countries need to do to ‘develop’. I didn’t even really understand what it meant to ‘raise living standards’. We know the usual rundown: dilapidated transport infrastructure, over […]

Innovation in Africa: Looking ahead 2014

Trendwatching.com has published a bulletin detailing “5 must-know African consumer trends to run with in 2014”. Below are the highlights: FABA (For Africa By Africa): African solutions to African challenges done the African way Mobile roaming: The other ‘mobile’, i.e innovation boosting commuter freedom, logistical flexibility both physically and digitally. Civil info-nation: Africans will embrace even more […]