Case studies / Innovation / Intellectual Property Rights / public-private linkages / Research / Uncategorized / Universities

Stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in Kenya: What role for performance based research funding?

Kenya’s development blueprint (Vision 2030) acknowledges that science, technology and innovation (STI) plays a fundamental role in a modern economy, with knowledge at the center of boosting economic growth and global competitiveness. Highlighting the need for effective exploitation of knowledge, the strategy further elucidates that an effective innovation system which can tap into knowledge, and … Continue reading

Innovation / Innovations / News / Publication

Stuck on the road to the market: Why Kenya suffers from stunted innovations

To support innovation for development, governments need to fast-track the establishment of venture capital to fund innovation and provide tax credits for investments in research and development. This one of the recommendations from a paper recently published by The Scinnovent Centre. In a new study, the Scinnovent Centre sought to interrogate the challenges facing innovators … Continue reading

Africa / Biotechnology / Events / Innovation / Institutions / Research Uptake / Smallholders / Universities

Celebrating advances of biotechnology for food and nutrition security in Kenya

The Scinnovent Centre, African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF), and The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) jointly organized an event to commemorate this year’s African Scientific Revival Day. Held on 30th June 2014 at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL), housed at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), the theme for this year’s event … Continue reading

Events / Innovation / Institutions / Research Uptake / Universities

Strengthening University Research and Teaching through Research Chairs

The 3rd Kenya National Science Technology and Innovation week held from 19th to 23rd May, 2014 focused on the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation as a catalyst for Industrial Growth in Kenya.” This was befitting considering that Kenya’s development blueprint – The Kenya Vision 2030 – envisages a phenomenal transformation of Kenya into a newly … Continue reading

Events / Innovation / Pharmaceutical / Seminar

African Pharmaceutical Production: Myth or reality?

Africa has exhibited tremendous economic growth in the recent past, and currently contributes 3% of the global gross domestic product (GDP). Along this growth has been an increase in population growth, which undisputedly has seen increased spending as well as a rocketing medical budget. Africa can also be described to be a continent with a … Continue reading

Innovation / Institutions / Learning / Partnerships / Smallholders

Do partnerships between farmers and exporters lead to learning and innovation? insights from Kenya’s cut-flower industry

A new study reveals that institutional set-up and governance arrangements could enhance opportunities for learning and innovation for smallholder farmers.  The study investigates the role of partnerships between smallholder cut-flower farmers and exporters in Kenya in fostering innovation and learning. The study paper is part of the proceedings of the international conference on ‘Innovations in … Continue reading