In support of the 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), South Africa has embarked on an associated national programme aimed at building a South African community of change agents working on Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP). Capacity building, and training on TIP with policymakers and researchers is an important part of this programme.
The resources below provide an essential introduction to the content that will be engaged with during the Transformative Innovation Learning Journey that has been developed as part of the core TIPC programme and adapted into a bespoke training for South Africa.
PART 1: TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATION POLICY
A Journey through Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP): An Introductory Lecture
This is a five part lecture given by Professor Ed Steinmueller, TIPC team member, providing an introductory overview of the theory behind transformative innovation policy. The lecture is comprised of five videos, each of roughly ten to fifteen minutes, to watch at a convenient pace:
Part 1: The world we are in
Part 2: Innovation Policy
– the last 75 years
Part 3: Uncertainty and directionality
Part 4: TIP Foundations
Part 5: TIPC
Part 2: A Societal Perspective
These videos are supplied by EIT Climate-KIC transitions hub. They are suggested as they give an idea of how the theoretical approach could be used in practice when designing transformative innovation policy.
Trajectories of change
Part 3: Experiementation
Policy Brief: Transforming Experimentation
Six Systemic Strengths
Part 4: Evaluation
In addition to work being conducted in South Africa, TIPC is also working on a pilot phase with Senegal, Ghana and Kenya. This work is in line with Africa’s transformation aspirations towards a knowledge economy that is underpinned by innovation, as articulated in continental frameworks such as Agenda 2063 and STI Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024).
The institutions and agencies involved are:
- University of Dakar, Senegal
- Kenyan National Commission for Science Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI)
- Ghanaian Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI)