A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa

May 26, 2017 by Jeremy de Beer, Paula Millar, Jacquelen Mqangi, Victor B. Nzomo, Isaac Rutenberg

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This article explains the importance of technology hubs as drivers of innovation, social change, and economic opportunity within and beyond the African continent. This article is the first to thoroughly review and synthesize findings from multi-disciplinary literature, and integrate insights from qualitative data gathered via interviews and fieldwork. It identifies three archetypes of hubs - clusters, companies, and countries - and discusses examples of each archetype using Kenya as a case study. The article discusses potential collaboration, conflicts, and competition among these archetypes of hubs, and concludes with recommendations for future researchers.