Diffusion of innovation in Low-Income Countries

 From left: George Essegbey, Anne Miroux, Sacha Wunsch-Vincent

From left: George Essegbey, Anne Miroux, Sacha Wunsch-Vincent

On 2 November 2015, DEGRP and the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD, University of Oxford) co-hosted a high-level conference on the diffusion of innovation in Low-Income Countries (LICs). 

Held at ODI's offices in London, the conference brought together guests from government, business, and the academic world to exchange views on innovation and to discuss findings from a DEGRP-funded research project on the determinants and impact of technological innovation in and to Low-Income Countries. 

A blend of speeches, presentations and panel discussion, the event explored factors linked to and affecting successful take up of innovation, addressing issues such as the role of international cooperation, South-South trade integration and knowledge transfer, 'Under the radar' innovation, and policy for the promotion of innovation.

Notable speakers at the conference 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.  

Visit the event page for further information, including:

  • Summary of research findings
  • Videos of presentation and panel sessions
  • Speaker slides
  • Keynote speech
  • Event Storify