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Innovation, Regional Integration, and Development in Africa

Rethinking Theories, Institutions, and Policies

  • Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba
  • Mammo Muchie


  • Presents a regional approach to investigating the link between innovation, regional integration and development in Africa

  • Brings together scholars from across several African nations to form a comprehensive viewpoint

  • Combines theory with practical applications on innovation and regional integration in Africa


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Theories and Concepts of Innovation and Regional Integration

  3. Regional Institutions and Innovation in Africa

  4. Sectoral Innovation and Integrated Development in Africa

About this book


This book discusses the role of innovation and regional integration in economic development in Africa. Over 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 at regional, national, and continental levels. However, the results of both national and regional efforts at advancing development on the continent have been mixed. Although the importance of agglomeration and fusion of institutions have long been recognized as possible path to achieving economic development in Africa, the approach to regionalism has been unduly focused on market integration, while neglecting other dimensions such as social policy, mobility of labor, educational policy, biotechnology, regional legislation, manufacturing, innovation, and science and technology. This volume argues that the immediate and long term development of Africa lies not just in the structural transformation of its economies but in the advancement of scientific and innovation capacities.

The book is divided into four parts. Part I addresses the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of innovation and regional integration in Africa. Part II presents case studies which examine how regional economic institutions are fostering innovation in Africa. Part III of the book deals with sectoral issues on innovation and integrated development in Africa. Part IV sets the future research on innovation, regional integration, and development in Africa. Combining theoretical analysis and a comparative, interdisciplinary approach, this volume is appropriate for researchers and students interested in economic development, political economy, African studies, international relations, agricultural science, and geography, as well as policymakers in regional economic communities and the African Union.


Africa Regionalism economic structure development economics poverty legislative development United Nations Human Development Index

Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba
    • 1
  • Mammo Muchie
    • 2
  1. 1.Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Tshwane University of TechnologyPretoriaSouth Africa

About the editors

 Samel Olotuntoba recieved his PhD Degree in Political Science with specialisation in International Political Economy from University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has a Masters Degree (Cum Laude) in Political Science from the same University and a Bachelows (Honours) Degree in Political Science from University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Dr. Oloruntoba was also a  Visiting Scholar at Brown and Northwestern Universities in the United States of America. Before his appointment as a Senior Lecturer 2014, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute at University of South Africa.

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