Technology and market access barriers and the locus of inclusive innovation

  • Wed 5 Dec 18

    14:00 - 15:00

  • Colchester Campus

    LTB B

  • Event speaker

    Prof. Suma Athreye and Dr. Abhijit Sengupta

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Essex Workshops on Development (EWOD)

  • Event organiser

    Law, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Thoko Kaime
    01206 873768

This paper argues that innovations for the poor (inclusive innovation) are in short supply because of poor “market access” due to underdeveloped or missing markets in rural areas where most of the poor are located, and because of poor “technology access” due to the absence of domestic innovative capability and cost of adapting technology products for poor populations.

We review 58 recent cases of inclusive innovation, which have been discussed in the media, in policy circles and in the academic literature and classify them as overcoming market or technology access. Based on this taxonomy, we identify the agency and areas where inclusive innovations have been successful and areas where significant gaps exist. In this way, we complement and extend existing reviews which have often been based on fewer case studies drawn from one or two regions.

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