Innovation for development




One of the important lessons of the past two decades has been the pivotal role of innovation in economic development. The build-up of innovation capacities has played a central role in the growth dynamics of successful developing countries.
The development of inclusive innovations as well as the transfer of technologies from developed countries can often contribute significantly to addressing urgent developmental challenges such as providing access to drinking water, eradicating neglected diseases or reducing hunger.

The OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation is currently undertaking various projects providing new insights on how innovation can best serve development. A list of ongoing projects with a development focus and of publications is provided below.


Ongoing projects on innovation for development


Boosting Malaysia's National IP System for Innovation

Boosting Malaysia’s National Intellectual Property System for Development
28 September 2015

In order to attain its objective of becoming a high-income economy by 2020, Malaysia is engaged in efforts to enhance the performance of its innovation system. A range of challenges need to be addressed and different policy tools can help in this respect. For this purpose the national intellectual property (IP) system can play a pivotal role. 

 Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth: Cover page (thumbnail) Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth
18 June 2015

This report looks at a variety of inclusive innovation initiatives and innovative products aimed at improving the welfare of lower-income and excluded groups, notably in terms of essential public services (education, infrastructure and health) and policy approaches to support inclusive innovation. The report also looks at industrial and territorial inclusiveness.

 National Intellectual Property Systems, Innovation and Economic Development with perspectives on Colombia and Indonesia

National Intellectual Property Systems, Innovation and Economic Development with perspectives on Colombia and Indonesia
January 2014

This report offers a detailed presentation of the framework developed by the project for conducting country studies.

 STI outlook cover 2014

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014
November 2014

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014 reviews key trends in science, technology and innovation (STI) policies, and performance in more than 45 economies, including OECD countries and major emerging economies. The report draws on the latest OECD work on science and innovation policy analysis and measurement.

Viet Nam: Science, Technology and Innovation
November 2014

The Internet Economy on the Rise- Progress since the Seoul Declaration
September 2013

Innovation in Southeast Asia
April 2013

Mexico: Knowledge-Based Start Ups
April 2013

Innovation and Inclusive Development: Discussion Report
November 2012

Peru: Innovation Policy Review
December 2011


For more information, please contact: inno4dev@oecd.org


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