Matt Eyring, president of Innosight, explains why disruptive innovation in developing countries means not just tweaking, but instead rethinking, your business. He is the coauthor of the HBR article New Business Models in Emerging Markets....
Climate has obvious direct effects on agricultural production. The reverse is more apparent than ever as greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are tallied. The development and effective diffusion of new agricultural practices and technologies will largely shape how and how well farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change. This adaptation and mitigation potential is nowhere more pronounced than in developing countries where agricultural productivity remains low; poverty, vulnerability and food insecurity remain high; and the direct effects of climate change are expected to be especially harsh. Creating the necessary agricultural technologies and harnessing them to enable developing countries to adapt their agricultural systems to changing climate will require innovations in policy and institutions as well. Potential constraints to innovation involve both the private and public sectors in both developing and developed countries. The process of transferring agricultural innovations across agroecological and climatic zones is often subject to agronomic constraints. Often, the most binding constraints occur at the adoption stage, with several factors that potentially impede poor farmers’ access to and use of new technologies. Based on discussions of these constraints, we derive six policy principles and use these principles to suggest several specific investments and policy priorities.
We have developed a realistic alternative to Kerosene lamps by harnessing the power of gravity. We need your help to make it happen. (Such an innovation! GravityLight: lighting for developing countries.
In the Thai town of Mae Sot, the CDC School (Children Development Center) hosts over 500 students and offers accommodation and education for refugees from the conflict in neighboring Myanmar.
The lack of space and the need for immediate accommodation has forced the School to present a new model of temporary low-cost dormitories that is easy to assemble and can be built by using as many recycled materials as possible.
Mae Tao Clinic commissioned Thailand-based architecture firm a.gor.a architects to design temporary dormitories and classroom buildings.
The first of four dormitories was built within four weeks, and meets the modus vivendi by fitting into the local environment in which it is located. The interior layout ensures an open and airy space that offers semi-privacy and includes storage space for the students. The building materials used are locally available and well known to their users, thus allowing for easy maintenance and resulting in low maintenance costs.
Nowadays, firms simultaneously include a higher variety of different stakeholders than ever before in their innovation process. Such a diverse collective brings in different perspectives and competences, yet, also poses new challenges for firms.
The world is experiencing a revolution in healthcare. The exponential growth of mobile communications, not only in developed countries but also in the developing world, combined with increasing innovation in harnessing the power of mobile technologies,...
infoDev’s Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a biennial flagship event convening the global innovation and entrepreneurship community to exchange know-how, establish partnerships and develop innovative approaches. infoDev is a global partnership program in the World Bank Group. Its mission is to enable innovative entrepreneurship for sustainable, inclusive growth and employment in developing countries.
The 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship which is hosted by the South African government (Department of Science and Technology) will be held in East London, South Africa, from 28 – 30 May, 2013.
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