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Colloquium for Journal and Book Publications on Innovation Research for an Integrated African Development

Date: May 29-30, 2015, in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa
Sponsors: Collaboration of  TMALI, UNISA & SARChI , TUT
Contact: Dr. Samuel O Oloruntoba & Prof. Mammo Muchie at the emails below
 
BACKGROUND
tyurOver the past five decades, post-colonial African countries have struggled to break loose from the trap of poverty and underdevelopment through the adoption of various development strategies. While most of the efforts and strategies have been conceived at the existing state levels, some, such as the Lagos Plan of Action, the Final Act of Lagos of 1981, Abuja Treaty of 1991 and the New Partnership for African Development (2001) have been conceived at the overall Africa level. Regional Economic Communities have been formed also to accelerate development and foster integration both at the sub-regional and continental levels. However, the results of both existing country and regional efforts at advancing development on the continent have been mixed. Only a few countries such as Mauritius and Botswana have been able to achieve relatively high human development. Majority of the countries in Africa are classified as having low development based on the United Nations Human Development Index
Several factors―such as disarticulated economic structures, infrastructural deficiencies, small and land-locked markets,  imposition and adoption of inappropriate  policies, lack of institutional capacity, corruption and challenges of leadership as well as  the manner of the incorporation of Africa into the global capitalist system―have been identified for the  peripheral position of Africa in global affairs today.
Innovation system approach to African development is   a missing link in the overall African development. Although there are plans for having science, technology and innovation at country, regional and continental levels, there is a deficit in the way innovation and regional African development have been conceptually framed and analysed. Even though  the importance of agglomeration and fusion of institutions have long been recognised as sure path to development
in Africa, the  approach to African regional integration has been unduly focused on market integration, rather than focusing also with science, technology and innovation and policies in the social, labour mobility, education, environment,  space, agriculture, manufacturing and services.  The immediate and long term development of Africa requires both the structural transformation of its economies, integration and the advancement of scientific and innovation capacities.
This book project is aimed at contributing to how systems of innovation approach can be applied to promote African regional integration and development. This research is focussed on the intersection of the following related issues- the global economy such as the formation of mega regional agreements, the centrality of innovation to capacity building both at the individual and institutional levels, evidence of history of regional flows and cross border movement in Africa, intensification of these flows across cultural, religious and economic spaces in contemporary times. We seek papers that analyse the current and desirable state of innovation for regional and integrated African development in any of the broad areas of economic competitiveness, energy sufficiency, space and security management, industrial policy, environmental policy, especially on climate change, educational policy in relations to skill matching and harmonisation, mobility of labour and political institutions. Papers exploring indigenous systems of innovation in relation to regional integrated development,   agriculture, migration, especially in relations to the genetic origin of African people across various regional groupings are welcome. The system of innovation approach for making an integrated African development can help foster the sense of unity that Africa need to maximise its potential.
To this end, a colloquium will be held at the Tshwane University of Technology from  May 29-30, 2015, in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa.  Scholars and policy makers across the world working in the areas of political economy of regionalism, science, technology and innovation and changes in global economy are invited to present papers. The colloquium will consider papers in the following areas

  • Theories of innovation and regional integration
  • Innovation System and African Development
  • Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa
  • Afrocapitalism, innovation and development
  • Industrialisation, trade, investment, finance, security, entrepreneurship and  infrastructure
  • Innovation for building systems, Regional Governance and Development
  • Comparative innovation and regionalism-Europe, Asia and Latin America
  • Innovation for skills, Talent  education and Research
  • Grass roots innovation and Development
  • Changing from informal to formal innovation
  • From Research and Development to Innovation
  • Private –Public and University Innovative Networks for African Development
  • On-line and e-innovation for social entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Regional Integration in Africa
  • Social Innovation and Development

Deadline for submission of abstracts is February 25, 2015.
Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent on March 1, 2015
Full papers are expected to be submitted on April 2, 2015.
Revised papers are expected to be submitted for further reviews on June 1, 2015.
Approximately, thirty authors will be invited to present their papers at the colloquium. We are sourcing for funds to support authors of accepted papers who may be in need of such support.
Outcome: The outcome of the colloquium will be published first  as a special  issue in the  Department of Higher Education of South Africa accredited journal and then in an edited book published by Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge or African World Press
Abstracts and papers should be sent to: oloruso@unisa.ac.za and MuchieM@tut.ac.za
www.sarchi-steid.org.za

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