Despite dramatic economic gains, Africa still lags behind other regions in certain economic indicators—perhaps nowhere more so than in the level of investment in science, technology, and innovation (STI). In this policy brief, Southern Voices Network Scholar Ayodotun Bobadoye discusses the importance of STI on the continent and recommends a coordinated new approach, embodied in the AU's STISA-2024 plan, to kickstart Africa's knowledge economy and capture the unrealized STI potential of African women.

This is Policy Brief No. 1 of The Southern Voices Network publication series.

For more in-depth analysis, please see below for Research Paper No. 7 of The Southern Voices Network publication series.