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Innovation in International Development.

Alternativ tittel: Innovation in International Development

Tildelt: kr 1,9 mill.




2023 - 2026

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Selv om innovasjon har blitt satt høyt på agendaen innenfor internasjonal utvikling, er det allikevel et område som har blitt lite forsket på. Dette prosjektet vil utforske hvordan teknologi-drevne innovasjoner trer fra og blir implementert i en mix a lokal deltakelse, og i partnerskap med eksterne aktører. Den overordnede problemstillingen er å forstå hvordan innovasjoner kan skape teknologi-baserte løsninger som kan forbedre folks liv. På et aggregert nivå vil forskningen bidrar til til en økt forståelse av hvordan innovasjon og teknologi bidrar (eller ikke) til forbedringer innenfor internasjonal utvikling. Prosjektet will basere seg på Science and Technology studies, Innovasjon og design-antropologi.

Three questions are raised in the research project; How are tech-driven innovations emerging in developing contexts, how are the innovative solutions modeled; and what does it take to bring the successful innovations to adapt and eventually scale?? The research investigates how tech-driven innovation processes are unfolded in development contexts and how complex macro innovation systems unfold as a means of development practice. The study is particularly interested in exploring if these processes include co-construction and cultural translations and whether they support local people's work and investments to make a better future for themselves and their families in Africa's least developed countries and communities.? The research will further explore the significance and relationship between people and technology in unfolding and, in particular, in materialising innovation. A significant part of materialising innovations is developing and adopting appropriate business models. The second key research question is thus how the humans and objects constitute the innovative solution development and adapt business models aiming for social and environmental impact. Although there are examples of scale being reached in development contexts, scaling innovative solutions is still few and constitutes a severe challenge in international development. This is surprising, as scaling up is at the core of the development model that donor agencies purport to follow. On the other hand, it is also understandable, as innovation approaches are still in the making as disruptive ways of working in international development. The third main research question is thus what it takes to scale a solution within international development. As this research focuses on international development, Oslo Innovation Consultancy AS is particularly interested in how a range of interventions reach a large number of people and how they can transform the lives of poor people.