Kenya has been ranked as the 88th most innovative country in the world, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Global Innovation Index (GII). This is a significant improvement from Kenya’s ranking of 98th in 2021, and it highlights the country’s growing innovation capabilities.
The GII ranks countries based on a number of factors, including their capacity for innovation, their outputs of innovation, and their impact of innovation. Kenya’s improvement in ranking is due to its strong performance in a number of these areas.
For example, Kenya has a strong capacity for innovation, as evidenced by its high levels of education and research and development (R&D). The country also has a vibrant startup ecosystem, with a number of successful tech companies emerging in recent years.
In terms of outputs of innovation, Kenya has seen significant growth in its knowledge and technology outputs, as well as its creative outputs. This is due in part to the country’s growing ICT sector, which is now one of the largest contributors to the economy.
Finally, Kenya has also seen a positive impact of innovation, as evidenced by its growing economy and its improving quality of life. The country’s innovation ecosystem is helping to create jobs, boost economic growth, and improve the lives of Kenyans.
While Kenya’s ranking as the 88th most innovative country in the world is a significant improvement, there is still room for improvement. The country needs to continue to invest in its education and R&D sectors, and it needs to create a more conducive environment for startups. If Kenya can do these things, it has the potential to become a global leader in innovation.
Here are some of the key areas where Kenya is performing better:
- Infrastructure: Kenya has made significant investments in its infrastructure in recent years, and this has helped to improve the country’s innovation capabilities. For example, the country has built a number of new roads and railways, and it has expanded its access to electricity and water.
- Market sophistication: Kenya has a sophisticated market, with a large number of businesses and consumers. This provides a fertile ground for innovation, as businesses are constantly looking for new ways to meet the needs of their customers.
- Business sophistication: Kenyan businesses are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and they are more willing to invest in innovation. This is due in part to the government’s support for innovation, as well as the growing number of successful tech companies in the country.
- Knowledge and technology outputs: Kenya is producing a growing number of knowledge and technology outputs, such as patents, scientific publications, and creative works. This is due in part to the country’s strong education system, as well as its vibrant startup ecosystem.
- Creative outputs: Kenya is producing a growing number of creative outputs, such as music, film, and art. This is due in part to the country’s rich culture and heritage, as well as its growing middle class.
Kenya’s innovation renaissance is a positive development for the country and for the world. The country’s growing innovation capabilities are helping to create jobs, boost economic growth, and improve the lives of Kenyans. If Kenya can continue to invest in its innovation ecosystem, it has the potential to become a global leader in innovation.