Understanding Innovation Policymakers in Kenya

Through the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator programme, we seek to have a deep understanding of the world of innovation policymakers, their context, needs, challenges and activities, so that we can help them develop innovation policies that match society’s ambitions.

We have been working with policymakers across Latin America, India, South East Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Jordan, Turkey and South Africa. Through our work, we have learned a lot about the innovation policy systems in these countries and we will be publishing country reports about all of them. Read our previous reports on India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

In this report we highlight what we have learned about the challenges and priorities of innovation policymakers working in Kenya. The main findings help us understand and interpret the Kenyan science, technology and innovation system.

It is the culmination of many conversations and interviews with different innovation policymakers in the Kenyan innovation system, across a number of government departments. This report has quotes from those conversations that we have kept anonymous. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the insights that follow. Note that the original review and research was undertaken in 2019, and many facts and figures date from that point.

Authors: Madara Ogot, Rita Muriuki, Timothy Waema, Tonny Omwansa (University of Nairobi). Nathan Kably, Benjamin Reid (Reviewers).

Authors

Nathan Kably

Nathan Kably

Nathan Kably

Senior Strategy Analyst

Nathan works on the design and delivery of Nesta's strategy.

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Silvia Pau

Silvia Pau

Silvia Pau

Assistant Programme Manager, A Fairer Start mission

Silvia is an Assistant Programme Manager.

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Paulina Gonzalez-Ortega

Paulina Gonzalez-Ortega

Paulina Gonzalez-Ortega

Design Lead, International Innovation

Paulina was the Design Lead for the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator, a 14-country collaborative development programme for senior innovation policymakers.

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Benjamin Reid

Benjamin Reid

Benjamin Reid

Head of International Innovation - Development Programmes

Benjamin is head of the International Innovation team within Nesta's Policy and Research division, examining new global trends and practices in innovation, with an emphasis on emerging…

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Florence Engasser

Florence Engasser

Florence Engasser

Senior Foresight Analyst

Florence is a Senior Foresight Analyst within Nesta’s Discovery Hub, which aims to create a link between Nesta’s current portfolio and our pipeline of future work.

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