Analysis of Rwanda’s National Innovation Policy: a 5-Year Strategic Plan
Building Strategy for a New National Commission of Science & Technology
How might we help Rwanda set a 5-year vision for the President’s new National Commission of Science and Technology?
Rwanda’s Office of the Prime Minister partnered with GKI to support NCST in elaborating this inaugural Five Year Strategic Plan. The strategic plan addresses how NCST can coordinate STI and focuses specifically on 3 key areas integral to reaching Rwanda’s development goals. First addressing challenges facing STI, GKI used a SWOT (strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis to identify the external opportunities and risks that might affect STI-driven development in Rwanda’s future. Second, GKI brought in a design tool called Strategy Shaping to explore how actors across the innovation system could work together––and with NCST––to implement STI-related programs. Third, through in-person interviews with stakeholders and background reseach, GKI identified and mapped specific STI needs to sectors.
Results / Outcomes
- Partnered with NCST on the design, articulation, and completion of its first-ever Implementation Plan
- Developed the blueprint of NCST’s Strategic Plan such that it is attuned to opportunities and threats facing Rwanda
- Coordinated Rwanda’s diverse actors working throughout the economy and established clear structures and roles for actors engaged in STI
- Developed mechanisms for trend spotting to inform the Commission’s decision making going forward
Innovation Policy and Strategy in Rwanda: A Case Study (PDF)
A Case Study on how GKI supports science, technology, and innovation systems through policy and strategy support
Review of Rwanda’s National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (PDF)
Review of Rwanda’s National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy and Recommendations for Strategy