Seminar report on “Frugal Innovation”

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16 Feb 2016

On Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa, in cooperation with the European Association for Development Institutes, organized a two day workshop on Frugal Innovation.

The main debate related to the question under which conditions Frugal Innovations are more likely to also become Inclusive Innovations; a claim which is often made but so far has not been sufficiently studied.

The two day program was closed with a plenary session which included a presentation on ‘Policy Space for Frugal Innovations in the Global South’ by the recently appointed Prince Claus Chair Prof. Saradindu Bhaduri. Two clear outcomes of the workshop were the observation that Frugal Innovation studies should include a more critical approach to its developmental potential as one of the dimensions of stimulating inclusiveness, and the fact that to be able to truly scale Frugal Innovations in both the developing and developed world, a more flexible design approach is needed which is able to pivot between different resource and culture related contexts.

All presentations and videos are available on the website of the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa.

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