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INDEPTH: Kenya edges up in 2018 global innovation ranking - 9 months ago, 11 July 22:02

Adonijah Ochieng

Kenya slightly improved its rank among the world’s most innovative economies from 80 in 2017 to 78 this year while maintaining a third position in sub-Saharan Africa after South Africa and Mauritius.

Kenya scores highly in four pillars but is still lagging behind in key ones such as institutions (84), human capital and research (112) and infrastructure (103), according to Global Innovation Index (GII) ranking published annually by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and GII Knowledge Partners.

Notably, under institutions, Kenya ranks low in political stability and safety (118), government effectiveness (90), regulatory quality (90) and rule of law (94). The report suggests that these factors are key in achieving a higher innovation index.

At the same time, the parameters for human capital and research development ranks low compared to top innovation achievers. Kenya is at number 97 in terms of education, tertiary education (120) and research and ...
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