From Scarcity to Solutions

“Scarcity-induced innovations should not be equated with ‘appropriate technologies’ or products of ‘frugal engineering’, ‘reverse engineering’ or other such frameworks.”

Technological innovations can transform the lives of those who are able to take advantage of them. But many children, particularly in developing countries, remain excluded from their benefits. Reorienting innovation towards inclusion begins with recognizing unconventional pathways to innovation

UNICEF SOWC 2015 (Srinivas)

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This past three years, TCLab-related research has expanded, especially on the economics of innovation and technological learning in agriculture, the health industry, and in urbanization.

In 2014, TCLab research was presented by TCLab Visiting Fellow Jose Eustaquio Vieira Filho at the Globelics conference on the economics of innovation in Addis Ababa.

In 2015, Srinivas and TCLab Visiting Fellow Filho's early paper was published by IPEA, the Institute for Applied Economics Research

Sponsored by the Government of India Department of Science and Technology. NIAS and IISc host a 3-day workshop on core issues of developmental concern.

 

Some very interesting wider philosophical discussions of the intersection of methods, mult-method approaches, of bureaucracy's view of policy versus realities outside Delhi. Plenty to discuss and much to learn.  Indian STI policies have to change, most participants recognised well that the policy process, planning assumptions, and methods are surprisingly outdated and higly centralised.