RT066 - Policy perspectives on frugal innovation
Convened by Peter Knorringa (International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands) and Greetje Schouten (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

This roundtable session examines various policy perspectives on frugal innovation, bringing together panelists from different stakeholder groups. Now that frugal innovation is starting to become recognized by donor agencies, NGOs and social entrepreneurs as a potentially useful vehicle to stimulate progressive change, social justice and local development, this panel will offer a first opportunity for various stakeholder representatives to share their emerging views on the intervention logics around frugal innovation. It will consist of an open discussion among the panelists and the audience, facilitated by Greetje Schouten and Peter Knorringa.


  • Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Wittke, Advisor to the Eureka Head of Secretariat, Eureka
  • Bart Jeroen Bierens, Project coordinator for Circular Manufacturing Programme (UPCM), Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
  • Wijnand van Smaalen, Senior strategist Economy,Province of Zuid-Holland
  • Dr. Saskia Vossenberg, Lead Gender, Migration and Remittances, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

EADI Working Group: Frugal Innovation and Development