African countries still lag in global innovation ranking, but there is good news
Tech hubs are popping up all over Africa and high-level academic programs to train the next generation are being launched, yet Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest average rate of innovation in the world. With an average region-wide score of 25, only eight of the countries in the top 100 were from Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Global Innovation Index 2018 report. The report examines the innovation performance of 126 countries with 80 indicators averaged to reflect the capacity for, and success in innovation. Of the ten countries with the least success in innovation, eight were Sub-Saharan African countries. North America is the most innovative region with an average score of 56, Europe is not too far behind with a score of 47.