|Day 2 of the International Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Growth
10-12 February 2015
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|The World Bank Group will organise this interactive forum to identify what is required for inclusive innovations to be effectively delivered and scaled up in specific domains and country contexts. It will connect the macro-level perspective of government and policy makers with that of grassroots level innovators, active in the developing countries and emerging economies. The interactive sessions will draw from concrete examples from specific sectors, including health, nutrition, water & sanitation and education. The discussions will also build on the WBG’s first-hand experience in supporting inclusive innovation initiatives in India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other countries and providing evidence of successful business models for inclusive innovations identified and supported through the Development Marketplace programme in India and other World Bank programmes.||
1. Keynote Address
2. Scaling up Grassroots and Inclusive Innovations
3. The Power of Cross-Sectoral Grassroots Solutions to Achieve Outcomes
4. Public-Private Collaboration as Catalyst for Improved Outcomes
5. A Common Cause: International Community Support for Inclusive Innovations
6. Closing Remarks
Scaling grassroots innovations is a critical question in the debate over “democratisation of innovation” because it is providing conditions for transformational change in the lives of excluded and lower-income populations. Pathways to scale include private and public sector channels, with successful examples of scaling through organizational growth, franchising of business models, social impact investment, mainstreaming through public sector delivery models, public private partnerships (PPPs), public procurement, and more recently, social impact bonds and development impact bonds.
The objective of the session is to raise awareness about various pathways for inclusive innovations to reach scale.
This roundtable session will host a multi-stakeholder debate which will address the following questions:
Chair: Vineet Rai, Founder and Chairman of Intellecap, India
Grassroots innovations have a good track record in achieving results in areas where government and donor efforts often fail. Working outside the sectoral compliance regime brings greater flexibility to develop and test new integrated offerings that meet multiple needs of the poor, cutting across several sectors. This parallel session will discuss outcome-based solutions for health and energy challenges respectively. The sessions will bring together grassroots innovators from various sectors to discuss the rationale and impact of integrated cross-sectoral solutions in country contexts.
The objective is to discuss the following:
|3.A. Cross-Sectoral Solutions for Scaling Health Outcomes
This break-out session will provide an opportunity for a deep dive examination of grassroots and social innovations leading to improved health outcomes:
Chair: Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary, Dept. of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
|3.B. Cross-Sectoral Solutions for Addressing the Access to Energy Challenge
This break-out session will provide an opportunity for a deep dive examination of grassroots innovations leading to improved access to sustainable energy:
Chair: Mohua Mukherjee, Sr. Energy Specialist WBG
The many challenges and resource constraints at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) would be most efficiently solved by governments, private sector and the beneficiaries working on solutions in an integrated and coordinated way. Governments are still seen as responsible for providing crucial services to their citizens, and dedicate significant efforts and resources to service delivery and inclusive growth agendas. At the same time, private actors - businesses, NGOs, and other organizations - have been developing innovative solutions to providing livelihoods opportunities and other life changing services to the poor and, in some countries are responsible for up to 70% of service delivery to the BoP clients. Community Driven Development has also been getting traction by enabling disadvantaged communities to innovate at the grassroots level, and by doing so, solving their own development issues. Numerous examples of successful public and private collaborations exist, but few countries succeed in systematically integrating private and public service delivery. This session will provide an opportunity for a deep dive examination of public-private collaboration in a sectoral context to discuss the benefits, challenges and policy enablers of public-private collaboration.
4.A. Capturing Opportunities for Scale through Collaborative Solutions to Water and Sanitation Challenge
Large shares of rural and urban poor are still without access to water and sanitation services, despite sector modernization. This has raised public sector’s interest in the private sector solutions that have the potential to deliver improved services to low-income areas at a comparatively low public investment cost, or a price that the poor are willing and able to pay.
Chair: Joep Verhagen, Senior Water & Sanitation Specialist, WBG
4.B. Can the Private Sector Improve Access to Education for the Poor and Marginalized Communities?
International experience shows that through better efficiency and cost management, the private sector can expand access to education, which becomes critically important in fostering social inclusion of the poor and marginalized communities. This break-out session will provide an opportunity for a deep dive examination of public-private collaboration in primary and secondary education:
Chair: Tobias Linden, Lead Education Specialist, WBG
This is a concluding session, summarizing the global lessons in implementation of innovation promoting policies, stressing multi-stakeholder collaboration between the grass root innovators, government, beneficiaries, and donors.
Chair: John Blomquist, Program Leader, WBG