International Technology Transfer to Africa in light of the SDGs: What do we know about the barriers?

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftForschungsartikelBeigetragenBegutachtung



International technology transfer (ITT) is commonly seen as an essential way to bridge the gap between highly advanced industrialised nations and developing countries. This gap is particularly pronounced with a view of African states. These generally have a limited capacity to cope with the effects of climate change. Therefore, foreign innovations must be successfully adopted to realities on the continent to mitigate the effects. This has sparked a growing academic interest in this topic in recent years, leading to many aspects being covered in the literature. This paper takes stock of the current state of the art, thereby asking the question: What do we know about the problems regarding international technology transfer to Africa? Employing a reproducible, transparent and clear systematic review, 73 relevant texts are identified. The barriers to more (successful) international technology transfer that these publications identify are discussed. As this review clarifies, many aspects are known, but specifics around governance aspects and institutional set-ups are primarily bypassed in the discussion.


Seiten (von - bis)2129-2151
Fachzeitschrift Journal of international development : the journal of the Development Studies Association
Frühes Online-Datum31 März 2024
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Mai 2024

Externe IDs

ORCID /0000-0001-7170-3596/work/153654433
Scopus 85189628498
Mendeley 3625ad95-996e-3193-967e-0c9a009eb563


Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung


  • Africa, barriers, hurdles, technology transfer