Article written by Stanley Kowalski from the International Tech Transfer Institute, “Why America must advance innovation in Africa” tackles the issues behind why “An innovative African economy is in the best interests of the U.S.”
This is an interesting debate at a time when all public funding is being questioned.
Kowalski’s article says (emphasis added):
“The infrastructure, systems and resources that promote innovation will be the foundation for sustainable, knowledge-based economic development in Africa in the 21st century… Stultified policy agendas must yield to dynamic strategic planning and coherent program implementation. Additional discussion and more money alone will not create a solution. Instead, partnerships and programs must focus on promoting long-lasting outcomes, prioritizing capacity-building that generates a steady flow of essential innovations.
As Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and father of the Green Revolution, stated, “The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.” We must therefore stop viewing Africa as a chronic burden and start viewing it as the key partner in development for this century.” (…)
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