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Understanding innovation platform effectiveness through experiences from west and central Africa

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  • Davies, Jocelyn
  • Maru, Yiheyis
  • Hall, Andy
  • Abdourhamane, Issoufou Kollo
  • Adegbidi, Anselme
  • Carberry, Peter
  • Dorai, Kumuda
  • Ennin, Stella Ama
  • Etwire, Prince Maxwell
  • McMillan, Larelle
  • Njoya, Aboubakar
  • Ouedraogo, Souleymane
  • Traoré, Adama
  • Traoré–Gué, Nessenindoa Julienne
  • Watson, Ian

Abstract

Innovation platforms (IPs) are a way of organizing multistakeholder interactions, marshalling ideas, people and resources to address challenges and opportunities embedded in complex settings. The approach has its roots in theories of complexity, the concept of innovation systems and practices of participatory action research. IPs have been widely adopted across Africa and beyond in recent years as a “must have” tool in a range of “for development” modes of agricultural research. Our experiences with establishing and facilitating nine IPs in local settings in west and central Africa contribute to understanding factors that impact on their effectiveness.

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  • Davies, Jocelyn & Maru, Yiheyis & Hall, Andy & Abdourhamane, Issoufou Kollo & Adegbidi, Anselme & Carberry, Peter & Dorai, Kumuda & Ennin, Stella Ama & Etwire, Prince Maxwell & McMillan, Larelle & Njo, 2018. "Understanding innovation platform effectiveness through experiences from west and central Africa," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 165(C), pages 321-334.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:165:y:2018:i:c:p:321-334
    DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2016.12.014
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