Innovation in science, technology and industry

Innovation for Inclusive Growth


Income inequalities have grown in most countries over the past three decades. The objective to achieve inclusive growth is at the top of many governments’ agendas because high levels of inequality negatively affect well-being and growth. Addressing the needs of policymakers, the aims of the project are to:

Provide evidence on the impacts of innovation and knowledge-based economies on income inequality; and
Develop concrete policy solutions to help reconcile innovation and inclusive growth.

In 2013-14 the project focused on how innovation could serve inclusive development, including policy options for scaling up inclusive innovations in education and other key sectors. The project focused on China, Colombia, India, Indonesia and South Africa, but also explored experiences of OECD countries and other economies. The findings of this initial phase are synthesised in the publication "Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth" released in June 2015.

In 2015-16, the project focuses on:

  • Innovation policies and inclusive growth (module 1).
  • Novel approaches for innovation to support development (module 2).

For more details on the modules' content, download the project's short description.

In order to develop concrete policy solutions, the project has developed a framework to analyse innovation and relevant policies from the perspective of industrial, social and territorial inclusiveness. The figure to the right provides an outline of the main trends. Related work includes the National Intellectual Property Systems, Innovation and Economic Development project which supports countries in strengthening the contributions their national intellectual property (IP) systems can make to socio-economic development.

For more information about the current activities of the project, contact

innovation and inequalities


Boosting Malaysia's National IP System for Innovation

Boosting Malaysia's National Intellectual Property System for Innovation

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. 

More information can be found here

Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth book cover June 2015

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).

More information can be found here.

Innovation and Inclusive Development conference discussion report

Innovation and Inclusive Development

21 November 2012, Cape Town

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