The expression 'national systems of innovation' was introduced in the 1980s to emphasize the interdependence between technical and institutional change. For many reasons, the work on Africa is especially important. The prevalence and persistence of conflict, poverty and poor governance on the African continent is widely considered to be the most urgent global development issue today. This volume brings together a selection of original contributions, which analyze African economic issues within the theoretical framework of 'innovation systems'. With its combination of conceptual, policy oriented, empirical, and cross-regional analyses the book should appeal to scholars, policy makers, and development practitioners along with other students of economic affairs.Muchie, Mammo is the author of 'Putting Africa First the Making of African Innovation Systems.', published 2004 under ISBN 9788773076996 and ISBN 8773076996.