Kenya: Third Most Innovative Country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Which Country’s #1?
Innovation is increasingly being identified as the central driver of economic growth and development. So it’s no wonder that the Innovation Index exists to “provide detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world.” By taking several indicators, such as political environment, education spending, infrastructure, patent filing and business sophistication, into consideration, the index explores a broad and expansive view of innovation and attempts to measure the innovative activity fueling economic growth and development.
Now in its 10th year, the 2017 Global Innovation Index focuses on innovation in agriculture and food systems and names Kenya as the third most innovative country in SSA (Sub-Saharan Africa).
According to the report, SSA’s strengths are in its institutions and market sophistication, and the countries on the continent perform on par or better than their peers globally.
* From 2012 till today, Sub-Saharan Africa has had more countries labeled as an “innovation achiever” than any other region worldwide (Europe, South East Asia, East Asia and Oceania).
* Over 50% of innovation achievers in the 2017 index came from Sub-Saharan Africa.
* Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi, Senegal, Madagascar, Burundi and Tanzania perform better than expected, given their level of development.
* Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Senegal have been innovation achievers at least five times in the past six years.
Globally, Switzerland’s in first place, followed by Sweden, the Netherlands, the US and the UK – in that order.
Continent-wide, South Africa and Mauritius rank first and second, respectively. Botswana’s fourth, Namibia fifth.
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