AfricaLics is the acronym for the African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems. AfricaLics brings together scholars, researchers and policy analysts who study development, innovation, learning and competence building in an African context.
Africalics was founded during an Innovation and development workshop that took place in March 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop was co-organized by the Globelics Secretariat and the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research organization (STIPRO), a Tanzanian independent think tank.
The formation of Africalics was centred on the following two rationales:
A need to understand innovation and learning in the context of Africa – both from theoretical and practical perspectives.
Given the fact that Africa lacks adequate capacity for the above purpose, a need for capacity building arose.
The overall vision of AfricaLics is to facilitate the production and use of high-quality research in the field of innovation and development with a view to promote inclusive and sustainable development in African countries.
AfricaLics is therefore not just a scholarly platform but also aims to provides a platform for collaboration between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in all parts of Africa as well as with partners in the South more generally and with partners in the North.
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