Research Project: Coordinated Case Studies – Innovation for Productivity Growth in Low Income Countries

Innovation and growth


Dutch partners in the project are Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN) and Africa Study Centre (ASC) of Leiden University.

Partnerships with universities in the 10 developing countries are envisaged in Africa and Asia (Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia). 

At present partnerships have materialized with:

  • Kenya: University of Nairobi (School of Economic). Contact: Dr. Bethuel Kinuthia, email
  • South Africa: University of Pretoria (Graduate School of Technology Management/GSTM). Contact: Dr. John Mugabe, e-mail
  • Tanzania: University of Dar es Salaam (Department of Economics). Dr. Stephen Kirama, e-mail

The partnerships with the Southern partners focuses on joint research to identify the factors, institutions, and policies that can increase the rate of innovation and productivity in the countries within the themes of the project. It is envisaged to delegating significant research ownership and responsibility to the Southern counterparts.

The cooperation further includes the uptake and policy dissemination with the aim to strengthen evidence based policy making. This involves linking policy makers, private sector and research communities in policy stakeholder meetings. 

Lastly, the partnerships involve capacity development with a view of exchanging knowledge on policy research methodologies. A series of research seminars as well as enabling local staff to PhD programs.