There has been a recent surge in innovation initiatives within international development - with new funds, labs, networks and investments aplenty. In April 2016, we are launching a new book bringing together ideas, experiences and insights from the leading lights in development innovation.
The need for innovation to tackle longstanding complex challenges is clear, yet the learning curve on how to make it happen has been steep. With openness to new ideas, partners and funding models, and with a firm eye on evidence and hype, we need to build on experience to date for a more productive approach to supporting innovation for development in the future.
Drawing on examples from multilateral organisations, bilateral donors, NGOs, companies and foundations, this book offers a helpful introduction for those new to innovation in development, as well as insights for experienced practitioners. The book is structured around four themes:
1. Funding innovation - what are the tools and how do they work
2. Organising for innovation - labs, R&D units, cultural change
3. Harnessing new collaborations - from corporations to the public
4. Scaling and systems change - getting from good idea to great impact
We hope this book is a first step to a more open, practical and productive conversation about how to make innovation work for development.
In the run up to the launch, you will find us at the following events:
Over the next 6 weeks we will be posting more information on this website about the book and its launch, as well as a series of blog posts.
This collection is part of a growing programme of work at Nesta on innovation in international development. To find out more get in touch with [email protected].