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A Global Innovation Outlook Africa Report

Author: IBM
Organisation: IBM
Publish Date: 2008
Country: Africa
Sector: Innovation
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Futures
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Skills, Value chain, Infrastructure, Mobile technology, Informal economies, Women, Finance

Today, the conversation around Africa is changing dramatically. Many regions are thriving as trade with China and other nations increases at double-digit rates, democracy and open elections are more widely embraced, and infrastructure improvements connect Africans to the rest of the world. For these and other reasons, Africa became the logical focus for IBM’s 2007 Global Innovation Outlook™ (GIO), one of the company’s premier vehicles for collaborative innovation. Every year in the GIO, they identify areas in which innovation can have a positive impact on business and society, and we convene a diverse collection of business, government and academic thought leaders from around the world. We’ve taken on topics ranging from the environment and health care to the future of the enterprise. But our discussions on Africa have been our most dynamic and diverse to date. I believe the reason is that in the future of Africa we have a subject uniquely worthy of one of IBM’s core values: “Innovation that matters — for our company and for the world.” Inherently interdisciplinary, truly global in its potential and offering the opportunity to “leapfrog” to next-generation technologies, we confront the opportunity to transform not just a company, an industry or a nation, but a continent. The results of our “deep dives” on Africa, reported in this document, cover eight factors critical to the continent’s future: skills; value chain; infrastructure; wireless; informal economies; women; finance; and non- governmental organizations. Each factor presents both challenges and opportunities.
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