Development Co-operation Directorate


Innovation for Development Impact

Lessons from the OECD Development Assistance Committee

The development co-operation community needs to innovate to meet the global challenges ahead. Although it has an established track record for innovating partnerships, funding instruments and technologies, they are not enough to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. This report synthesises the lessons emerging from an OECD Development Assistance Committee peer learning exercise on how innovation efforts can be strengthened, individually and collectively, to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The report is organised around three blocks – strategy, management and culture; organisation and collaboration; and, the innovation process – and provides recommendations on how innovation can best benefit poor and vulnerable people around the world.

Published on June 23, 2020Also available in: French

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Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Context of the DAC peer learning exercise on innovation for development
Strategy, management and culture to create an enabling environment for innovation
Organising and collaborating to innovate for development
The development innovation process
Next steps for Development Assistance Committee members
Annexes2 chapters available
Draft OECD-DAC self-assessment tool on innovation capabilities
Peer learning country case studies
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