Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth
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). It discusses
the policy trade-offs between traditional innovation policies and a more inclusive
innovation approach, and provides recommendations for aligning current policies. It
also deals with the impacts of innovation and innovation policies on industrial and
territorial inclusiveness, describing how information and communication technology
(ICT) and technology diffusion may influence smaller firms’ chances of succeeding
with their innovations.
Since 2012, the OECD Project “Innovation for Inclusive Growth” analyses the impacts of innovation and related policies on inclusive growth. Addressing the needs of policymakers, the aims of the project are to:
»Provide evidence on the effects of innovation and related policies on inclusive development focusing on industrial, territorial and social inequalities ; and
»Develop concrete policy solutions to support countries in reconciling their innovation and inclusive development agendas.