Whilst innovation is frequently associated with disruptive activities of entrepreneurs and firms, in the last few years we have seen a growing interest in how innovation can be ‘inclusive’, with a particular focus on innovations in developing countries.
to build a picture about ‘inclusive innovation’, but what we don’t know much
about is the policy that supports this ‘inclusive innovation’. What can
governments do to encourage the emergence and growth of inclusive innovation?
In a new working
paper published by Dr Christopher
Foster (iSchool) and Richard Heeks (University of Manchester) we look to
answer this question. The paper is inspired by earlier work on the mobile phone
sector in Kenya, which revealed that policy was integral in successfully
pushing expansion to low income groups. In this paper we analyse inclusive
innovation in a wider set of sectors to build more general advice for policy
A short summary
of paper can be found here
and the full paper ‘Policy to support inclusive innovation’ can be accessed here.