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Training Course

Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy in a Developing Country Context (DEIP)

Dakar, Senegal 27 September–01 October  2010

Deadline for application: 31 July 2010

The United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht and Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (CRES) are jointly organizing a training course on the Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP). The UNU-MERIT is one of the leading research and training centers on innovation and technology.  In particular, the Centre provides tailor-made training on the design and evaluation of innovation for developing countries. 
The course will be held in Dakar, Senegal from 27 September to 01 October 2010.

The context
Several African countries including Senegal, have recently celebrated the 50th (half century) anniversary of their independence. This event was an opportunity for discussions on progress made in economic and social development, and the prospects for improved well-being. These debates are particularly strong in Senegal, a developing country for which poverty alleviation and economic growth are established as priorities. Since the early 1980s, the Senegalese government has introduced policies aimed at consolidating the country's macroeconomic environment and create conditions for harmonious and sustainable development. Currently, in a context of generalized crisis, Senegal adopted in particular the DSRP I and II (Documents stratégiques de réduction de la pauvreté, `Strategic Plan for Poverty Alleviation) and the SCA (Stratégie de croissance accélérée, `Accelerated Growth Strategy'), reinforced by targeted policies, particularly in the field of technological changes and innovations. Awareness of the importance of this area explains the creation by the government of national agencies responsible for promoting technological research and innovation. This training program seeks to contribute to capacity building in developing and assessing policy impacts innovation and technological development in the Senegalese context.

Expected benefits

After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Better appreciate the various components of an innovation policy and especially to distinguish between financial and non-financial instruments and their impact;
  • Understand the importance of policies to increase the supply of technically trained human resource(s) for R&D and other innovation activities;
  • Improve the collection and presentation of conventional indicators and innovation surveys so as to use them to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of specific instruments of innovation policies;
  • Familiarize themselves with methods of policy evaluation;
  • Improve their understanding and use of innovation system perspective as a focusing devise in formulating policy and strategies to identify and promote productive activities in the context of a rapidly changing global economy and;
  • Appreciate how innovation policy can be useful in global competition and policy learning.

The teaching staff
The training will be conducted by distinguished lecturers from United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Center on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Maastricht. Several experts will be invited from the region or other developing countries to reflect the experiences and needs of Senegal.

Venue and date
CRES offices, Dakar Senegal, 27 September to 01 October 2010.

Target clientele

CRES aims to avail the training opportunity to relevant high and middle level officials and experts of federal and regional governments, management of innovation supporting institutions or agencies and representatives of the private sector. Participant from other African countries in the region can apply, but there are limited places in the course for this purpose.

Number of participants: 40-60

Selection criteria of the candidates:
The candidate's qualifications, experiences, and the relevance of their present work to innovation and policymaking will be the main selection criteria.

Course completion certificate
All participants who successfully complete the course will be given a course accomplishment certificate.

Reading materials
Participants will be provided with a compilation of key reading materials.

Course fee
There is no course fee for participants. Participants from outside Senegal are expected to arrange for their own travel funding.

Language

The language of the training will be English and French (in particular with regards to the international speakers). The lecturers will be a combination of international and regionally based speakers.

Training Course Topics

The list of typical topics to be considered during the course includes (preliminary list):

  • General perspectives on innovation policy
  • Emergence of innovation policy as a separate policy from science and R&D
  • Integration of innovation policy into wider policy objectives (growth, employment, regional policy etc)
  • rationale for innovation policy in developing countries
  • Design and evaluation of innovation policy: a conceptual and theoretical framework
  • Challenges in the design of innovation policy: lessons from developing countries
  • Sectoral innovation systems
    • Building innovation systems in agriculture
    • Innovation in service sector (tourism)
  • Innovation policy and industrial development
    • promotion of non-traditional exports: global value chain, standards and innovation
    • policies to the effect of  FDI and other forms of technology diffusion
  • Instruments to promote innovation
    • Financial instruments
    • Human resource development
    • Standards
  • Innovation and promotion of small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
    • the role of venture capital and policies to promote it
    • networking, clustering and innovation
  • Infrastructure for innovation: incubators, science parks, business support and cluster policy
  • Evaluation methods and monitoring innovation
    • The use of conventional STI indicators
    • Non-conventional indicators

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Application deadline is 31 July 2010
Selected candidates will be notified before 9 August 2010.
Application: Please send your application form and CV to any of the contacts cited below. The application form can be downloaded from the following links.

application form (Word)
application form (PDF)

Marietou Mbaye
Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et Sociale (CRES)
Rue de Kaolack Angle F, Point E
Dakar. CP  12023, BP 7988
Senegal
Email :marietoum@hotmail.fr
Tel: +221-338647757, Fax : +221-338647758
Website: http://cres-sn.org
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Ms. Eveline in de Braek
Secretary to the Training Programmes
UNU-MERIT, Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tel. +31-433884449, Fax +31-433884499.
E-mail: indebraek@merit.unu.edu
UNU-MERIT Link: www.merit.unu.edu/training

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