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Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO)

  • Country: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Date Established: 2001
  • Executive Director: Bitrina Diyamett
  • Research areas: Development, Food & Agriculture, Information & Communication, Science & Technology
Africa is the most underrepresented region of the world in innovation studies. Innovation policy research is essential to its growth. Over the next 5 years, STIPRO will work to fill that gap, and become a role model for other African countries.

Originally a national chapter of the African Technology Policy Studies Network, STIPRO is now registered independently in Tanzania. The organization’s mission is to improve human capacity in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy research as well as to raise awareness among government officials and parliamentarians of the critical role of this research for evidence-based STI policies.

STIPRO's research program focuses on linking food security, agricultural and industrial development, health, technology and the environment. The role of science, technology and innovation in achieving Tanzania’s strategy for growth and poverty reduction is emphasized.

STIPRO recently produced the policy-relevant output, “From Inventors to Innovators, the case of Tanzania”. The institution has also contributed to a review of the country’s science and technology policy papers and is collaborating with Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) in monitoring progress towards Tanzania’s Vision 2025.