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I4D - Innovation and development

Innovation is a key driver of development in poor and rich countries. Yet, immediate societal needs, especially poverty, as well as the broader environment for innovation and information society, create specific strategic and structural challenges for developing countries building knowledge based economies and societies.

The on-going sea-change in global economic growth provides another backdrop for our efforts on innovation in emerging and developing countries. Poor and low-income countries have are or have emerged as the major source of global economic growth, and this macro-economic trend will have deep-going effects on how knowledge and innovation are created and implemented across the globe. We want to be at the forefront to understand this phenomenon.

These web pages provide an overview of how our team and projectst at VTT Organizations, Networks, and Innovation Systems-knowledge centre contribute to science, technology and innovation for development, as well as ICT4Ds. We carry out high-quality academic research on innovation and information society in the context of development, and offer also broad range of support services for improving and building innovation systems and information society.

Our centre, supported by other VTT expertise, provides multi-technology expertise on all aspects of innovation and information society, ranging from support to policy makers, to regional systems, research organizations, firms, to specific technological and engineering challenges. Currently, activities of our team focus on Southern and Eastern Africa, Brazil, and to support multilaterial international organizations, but VTT implements projects and serves clients globally.

NEWS

February 2014: Policy Research Seminar 1.4.2014: KOHTI SISÄLTÖPAINOTTEISIA TUTKIMUS- JA INNOVAATIOINDIKAATTOREITA: SUOMEN TUTKIMUSJÄRJESTELMÄN RAKENNE JA DYNAMIIKKA 1995-2011 (only in Finnish). Read more from here.

February 2014: New Project: Digital Health Future: Roadmapping South African Future. Collaborative project between VTT and CSIR-MERAKA, this project will develop perspectives for pro-poor foresight and digital health services in South Africa. More news to come soon. The project is supported by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

January 2014: New Publication: Branco Ponomariov & Hannes Toivanen, Knowledge flows and bases in emerging economy innovation systems: Brazilian research 2005–2009, Research Policy, Volume 43, Issue 3, April 2014, Pages 588–59.

January 2014: New Publication: Hannes Toivanen, The shift from theory to innovation: the evolution of Brazilian research frontiers 2005-2011, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Volume 26:1, January 2014, 105-119.

January 2014: New Report: Tatu Lyytinen, Perspectives on the international business strategies of small Finnish technology companies in developing countries. The case of small scale gasification. 2014. VTT Technology 150. download.

March 2013: Materials from the CEK Colloquium: "Quantitative measurement of research and innovation system transitions", 12-13 March 2013.

January 2013: NEW PROJECT: VTT is parter in the newly launched ALCUE NET project (Latin America, Caribbean and European Union Network on Research and Innovation) is a Research and Innovation policy support project aimed at supporting the international Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy and Innovation Union Flagship Initiative. Contact Maria Lima-Toivanen at VTT for more information.

More and older news here.


Additional information

Hannes Toivanen
Senior Research Scientist
+358 20 722 6061

Additional information

Hannes Toivanen
Senior Research Scientist
+358 20 722 6061