Young people at iHub, Nairobi, a gathering place for people and companies with an interest in technology and innovation. Many innovations can be of help to people living in poverty, and Sida supports the global research network Globelics, which founded the African research network Africalics 2012 in Tanzania with the aim of promoting innovation and research capacity in Africa.
Photo: Sven Torfinn/Panos
Sida supports the development of innovation systems and clusters within the bilateral and regional cooperation programmes as well as research on innovation.
Innovation has an important and relevant role for sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. Sida regards support to innovation as not only related to science and technology, but also including ideas, technologies and processes. There is a necessity for broader participation in the process of change and Sida embraces the concept of innovation for inclusive development, engaging citizens on the demand as well as supply side of the innovation process and recognise the necessity to involve a variety of stakeholders from the early stages of innovation.
In its strategy for Sida’s support to research cooperation the Swedish government has formulated that research which through innovation can contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development should be supported.
Sida’s research cooperation portfolio for innovation support can be divided into two main types:
a. Support to innovation systems, processes and/or innovations
b. Support to research on innovation systems, processes and/or innovations
Example of support
Globelics is a worldwide network, initiated 2001, for researchers seeing innovation and capacity building as central in the development process. The overall objective of the network is to promote the understanding of how innovation processes contribute to economic development in the poorer parts of the world and to constitute a platform for South-South collaboration and knowledge sharing. The network organises an annual conference and an annual academy offering research training for PhD students. Sida is supporting a joint programme capacity building in innovation systems focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa.