African Higher Education Leadership in Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development (AHEAD) project is a three-year Capacity Building project, starting on October 15, 2017, and ending on October 14, 2020. It brings together a consortium, which consists of 4 universities from Europe (Romania, Poland, UK, Italy), a consultancy company from Bulgaria, 5 universities from Kenya, CUEA Being one of them, 2 universities from Tanzania, and 3 universities from Uganda.

The project seeks to build the Kenyan, Tanzanian, and Ugandan universities’ capacities to lead and manage innovation that best fits their countries’ inclusive and sustainable development needs. The overall objective is to enhance the management, governance, teaching, research, and evaluation capacities of the Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan Partner Universities in view of enabling them to implement the knowledge triangle and better integrate their research, education, and innovation functions in support of innovation for sustainable development and inclusive growth. The specific objectives are as follows:  1) Enable Partner Universities to review and reform their institutional structures and agendas, build the vital human capital and strengthen the managerial expertise needed to lead and manage knowledge flows and innovation partnerships with a variety of stakeholders; 2) Contribute to the knowledge and teaching base of Partner Universities in the field of innovation management, inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship; 3)  Create and manage inclusive stakeholder-oriented support structures and communication platforms in view of nurturing local entrepreneurship and inclusive development in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The main project activities and outputs include;
  1. Analysis of National Innovation Systems in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
  2. Analysis of institutional innovation capacities at Partner Universities
  3. Development of open educational resources in the field of Innovation Management and Inclusive Innovation
  4. Capacity building workshops and training of trainers
  5. Improvement of the good-practice and evidence base for delivering (social) entrepreneurship education
  6. Creation of Virtual Knowledge Gateways for structured cooperation between Partner Universities and key stakeholders
  7. Strengthening stakeholder collaboration and consultation
  8. Establishing Innovation for Development Hubs at Partner Universities from Kenya Tanzania and Uganda and kick-starting their activities aimed at supporting local and regional development and enabling stakeholder co-creation in innovation

The project seeks to help the Kenyan, Tanzanian, and Ugandan Partner Universities achieve improvement in the following aspects:

  1. Aligning teaching and research with community engagement, knowledge transfer, innovation, and entrepreneurship support in local economies
  2. Aligning research activities with socio-economic challenges and key national development goals
  3. Taking leadership of open innovation and knowledge exchange in both low-tech and high-tech sectors, in particular by following a multidisciplinary approach, involving a variety of stakeholders, and building the necessary human capital and managerial skills
  4. Building human capacities, support structures, and expertise to promote grassroots innovation, entrepreneurship at the local level, and inclusive innovation
  5. Integrating themselves into their external environment and contributing to local economic growth
 AHEAD Project team

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The final Stakeholder’s Meeting was held on 2nd March 2021 followed by the competition on June to August 2021 and concluded with the Training of Trainers WP.2.6 and testing of the OER by students on 5th and 6th of October respectively.

As part of Enhancing innovation. The partner universities were able to procure equipment being cofounded by the Erasmus Plus foundation and European Union. The equipment was used to set up innovation centers in various Universities. At Kisii University the Innovation Hub is domiciled at the Department of Research, Extension, Innovation and Resource Mobilization. With the help of the trainers who have undergone the curriculum the young innovators will be assisted with resources and mentorship while undergoing training on innovation. They will be linked to external stakeholders who will give them an opportunity to solve existing challenges through innovation. The students will also be assisted in looking for funds to help them patent and license their innovations.

Each faculty has a champion who will assist respective innovators realize the dream of their innovations being acknowledged and used by the community not only to tackle a challenge but also a source of income.

The competition event helped in identifying innovators in the community and the innovation hub assisted in accessing the resources that were used to improve the innovations.

Below find other AHEAD updates and reports:

Stakeholder’s report meeting 2nd March 2021

Report on the competitions

Report on WP 2.6 Training of Trainers 6th October 2021

WP2.1 Module_Innovation Management_final_01.02.2021

WP2.2 Module Inclusive and Grassroots Innovation_final_12.01.21

WP2.3 Trainers’ toolkit_Module 2.1_final_01.02.2021

WP2.3 Trainers’ toolkit_Module 2.2_final_18.01.2021

WP2.4 Resource Pack on EE_final


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