Today’s richest nations, the economies which have been leading global development and innovation for hundreds of years on end, bear responsibility for contributing the most to climate change. But in the face of this the most critical challenge of our time, will developed nations continue to lead global transformation? Only a brief analysis of international emissions negotiations is enough to reveal how entrenched and slow to adapt developed economies can be. Who will lead innovation over next hundred years? In the future, which nations will emerge with the flexibility and pioneering creativity to best meet both the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents?
According to the 2014 Global Innovation Index, titled “The Human Factor in Innovation”, Sub-Saharan Africa is now exhibiting the greatest improvements in innovation ranking of any region on earth . It now makes up almost half of the world’s “innovation learner” economies - economies whose levels of creativity, especially in terms of human capital and research, are at least 10% higher than average (based on gross domestic product). In other words, numerous low-income African countries such as Gambia, Rwanda, and Uganda are already punching above their weight in terms of innovation. Future global transformation leaders?
Climate changes everything – so who’s leading change? If you ask us, Africa is. That’s why we built the world’s first Rural Innovation Campus on Pemba Island, Tanzania, and why we’re now asking ourselves - "Can Africa save rural Canada?".