Innovation can be the result of simple chance, of a major flaw of a system (and the pain and need to come up with a solution) or of a deeper insight into either something new or into novel qualities arising from combining existing elements in a new way. The flaw of a system can be the consequence of system failure or of major and fast changes that societies struggle with. In Africa change is happening so fast that we can expect innovation to become a driving factor for the continent’s further development. Industrialised countries which see Africa mainly as a source of resources and cheap labour and their own strengths in innovation are well advised not to underestimate the power of the African innovation eco system.

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