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Diffusion of innovation in low income countries

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Technological innovation is a key element of industrialisation in developing countries. Since innovation is costly, risky and path-dependent, ground-breaking innovation is often highly concentrated in a few rich countries and amongst a small number of firms. The transfer, adoption and adaptation of knowledge to low income countries constitutes an important issue for economic growth and global development.

On 2 November 2015, international policy makers, business managers, academics and members of civil society gathered together at a one-day conference hosted by the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), University of Oxford and DEGRP to present research findings and share world-class knowledge in the field of innovation in low-income countries.

The event came at the end of a three-year project on the determinants and impact of technology transfer in and to low-income countries, funded by DEGRP and supported byUNCTAD and the Ghanaian government.

Guest speakers included: Li Yong (UNIDO), Bengt-Åke Lundvall (Aalborg University), Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT),Raphael Kaplinsky (Open University), Anne Miroux (UNCTAD),George Essegbey (CSIR-STEPRI), Sacha Wunsch-Vincent(WIPO), and Xiaolan Fu (TMCD), as well as ODI's Dirk Willem te Velde

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