Nairobi Safari Club, University Way, Nairobi.
Part of the participants at Frugal Innovation meeting
The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA)orgainsed a seminar on Innovation and Development at the Nairobi Safari Club on 9th June 2016. The seminar was attended by IDS researchers Prof Dorothy McCormick, Prof Rosemary Atieno, Dr Anne Kamau and Dr Radha Upadhyaya.
CFIA is part of the new strategic alliance between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The Netherlands team at the Nairobi workshop included Dr André Leliveld, Prof Cees van Beers, Prof Peter Knorringa, Dr Elsie Onsongo, Dr Haye Hazenberg and Ms Rachel Howell. CFIA made a presentation on their current research on Frugal Innovations in the health and water sector. Frugal innovation refers to the development of high-quality, affordable products with the primary goals of resolving specific challenges faced by poor people. This research project investigates new inclusive business models for Dutch companies to improve their performance in commercializing frugal innovations in developing countries.
Prof Rosemary Atieno presented on IDS’s research experience on Inclusive Innovation, which she co-authored with IDS researchers Prof Dorothy McCormick, Dr Joseph Onjala, and Dr Anne Kamau. Prof Atieno highlighted past IDS researches in different sectors, which, by touching on various aspects of innovation, have laid a foundation for more focused studies on inclusive innovation.
Academics, policymakers, representatives of NGOs and social entrepreneurs debated several issues including: the definition of frugal innovation, how frugal innovations can be inclusive and ensure development, reasons for non-adoption of frugal innovations by poor people and how local enterprises can be encouraged to develop frugal innovations.
The seminar also discussed avenues for possible collaboration between CFIA and IDS on innovation and development issues.
Prof. Dorothy MCCormick, IDS