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2021 Measurement of innovation in the informal sector in Africa: the importance to industrial policy

Innovation is key to industrialization in Africa and must be aligned with industrial policy. A challenge for African countries is to design ...

2020 Opening up new trajectories in the informal sector: can township innovation hubs make the difference?

A key question that this policy brief addresses is: How can township innovation hubs contribute to building local innovation and production ...

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2020 Informal sector measurement of openness, collaboration and innovation: the case of Otigba hardware microenterprises cluster in Africa

Over 75% of the economic activities in Africa and other developing countries occurs in the informal sector. On the other hand, over 75% of e...

2018 Determinants of innovation capability in the informal settings

This study contributes to the growing literature on innovation capability in the informal sector in Nigeria. It explores the role of opennes...

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