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.
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.