Innovation in science, technology and industry

Workshop on Innovation for Development: Converting Knowledge to Value (Paris, 28-30 January 2009)







Workshop programme and presentations 



Jointly organised by the OECD and UNESCO

This workshop examined ways in which knowledge contributes to innovation, especially in developing countries. These ways include knowledge produced formally through research and development, and knowledge from informal and indigenous sources, that can be combined to produce value. Because the focus is on innovation, the value created is realised through the introduction of a new product (a good or a service) to the market; the introduction of a new process that produces products for the market, or delivers them; the use of new organizational structures or business practices; or the development of new markets, or the capturing of a greater share of existing markets.


The workshop follows the UNESCO Expert Workshop on Science and Technology, Innovation and Development held at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester, in February 2008, and the International Conference on Innovation for Development, held at UNESCO, Paris, in May 2007, which produced the Paris Statement on Innovation for Development. It is also part of the work of the OECD Innovation Strategy, and follows on the OECD and World Bank joint conference on Innovation and Sustainable Growth in a Globalised World, 18-19 November 2008.


Topics covered included the use of knowledge for development; science, technology and innovation for development; non-technological innovation; and South-North and North-South knowledge sharing and related intellectual property issues in developing and emerging economies.


Discussions at the workshop contributed to the identification and analysis of best practices for the effective promotion, reporting, measurement, and assessment of innovation aimed at:

  • Coherent approaches to innovation policy;
  • Better targeted innovation to help meet global challenges, such as climate change, or to cope with the consequences of global challenges; and
  • The development of human capital, and the use of networks as part of the innovation process.


Anticipated outcomes include inputs to the OECD Innovation Strategy and possibly project proposals related to innovation for development that could attract the interest of development agencies. The workshop proceedings will also be published to ensure wider distribution of discussions and analysis.

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