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Innovation and change and the knowledge society

This background note attempts to offer an overview of some of the key elements that may be needed to build an innovative knowledge society in Africa. The note first highlights the current status and the challenges that hinder innovation and the development of a knowledge society in Africa. It then proceeds to provide framework elements that could be considered by policy makers seeking to promote innovation in their countries. Each of the elements described includes a number of examples drawn from the experiences of countries inside and outside Africa. It then highlights measures that could be used to promote innovation in the education systems given its importance in the knowledge economy.

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