Assessing African innovation policy environment : a survey of Ghana, Kenya and Zambia
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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Tools for assessing and measuring the innovation capacity and performance of countries have steadily improved over the years. However, there are few tools for assessing and comparing national innovation policy environment. National policies play a critical role in improving the environment, setting priority areas and providing the incentives for innovation. Therefore, it should be possible to assess the national innovation policy environment by addressing the clarity, intentions and implementation of objectives and actions in key areas that affect innovation. Assessing the national innovation policy environment using similar tools as those for assessing investment a business environment among others, is one approach. Such approach enables governments to identify the key challenges in regulations, administrative procedures and public sector practices that inhibit the development of innovation capacity in the field or sector of interest. These surveys largely focus on how well the national policies are aligned to support the field of interest as opposed to actual volumes of business or investment.