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DSCI 1020A - PRIVATE SECTOR, IT AND INNOVATION IN AFRICA

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

Une introduction à l'économie serait préférable.

Course Description

Within three decades, the African continent will have to face significant challenges, notably the doubling of its population and mounting pressures on the employment market. The course will underline the essential role that private sector, innovation and new technologies will have to play to move African economies towards higher degrees of development. Participants will discover the various avatars of the private sector, constraints to private sector development, the ongoing IT revolution in Africa, its actors, opportunities and the importance of innovations and new technologies for structural change to take place. The course will then stress some risks notably the ones associated to the digital gap and marginalization of Africa in the realm of innovation. The course will therefore emphasize the importance of stronger policies to address current constraints faced by stakeholders of African innovation systems and new technologies sectors, constraints which currently prevent the continent to harness its potential.

Teachers

MVOGO, Jean-Paul Y. (Etudiant)

Course validation

The final grade will take into account the ability to acquire the basic concepts but also the acquisition of certain skills (quality of oral presentations, reflection and empowerment of the quality of reasoning). The final grade will consist of three parts: - Participation in the discussion (25%) - One presentation (45 %) – - One factsheet or Fiches techniques (30%) A dashboard will be available to all participants. It will be discussed during the last meeting with comments on the participation and presentations. A mid-term assessment will be performed during the sixth session

Required reading

- Woo-Cummings, M. (1999), The Developmental State, The Economic Theory of the Developmental State, chap. 6, Cornell University Press

Additional required reading

  • - AfdB (2009), Innovation and ICT in Africa, in African Economic outlook 2009