November 2012: New publication: Hannes Toivanen, "Does the knowledge
trap exist? Diverging roles of domestic and foreign capacities for evolution
of knowledge creation in China, India, Brazil and Northern and Sub-Saharan
AFrica, 1986-2009", paper presented at the 10th Globelics Conference
"Innovation and Develoment: Opportunities and Challenges in Globalization,
8-11.11.2012, Hangzhou, China.
November 2012: NEW PROJECT: Finland As A Knowledge Economy Report 2.0.
This World Bank commissioned report will analyze recent developments of the
Finnish knowledge economy, and is undertaken in collaboration with Ramboll
Management Consulting that leads the project. VTT will analyze in detail the
relationships between Finland and the emerging economies, as well as the role
of innovation and ICT in Finnish development cooperation.
August 2012: VTT Innovation Studies Fall Seminars. You are welcome to
attend any of the seminars of our bi-weekly innovation studies seminar.
Download program and registration info here or see seminar website.
August 2012: SEMINAR INVITATION: ”Innovation potential and possibilites
in Brazil and Africa” on 26th September, 2012. For invitation, please see here
or download invitation.
June 2012: New publications:Pro-poor social and economic
opportunities in the African ICT innovation ecosystem. Perspectives and case
study of Iringa, Tanzania.” VTT Technology 32. Download.
POLICY BRIEF: Pro-poor social and economic opportunities in the African ICT
innovation ecosystem. Download.
publications present the results of a recent VTT and Aalto University joint
reseach project: "ICT-created jobs and micro-entrepreneurial opportunities in
Africa have significant impacts on poverty. This publication investigates how
ICT-related social and economic opportunities emerge and can be fostered at
the base of the pyramid by analysing micro-entrepreneurial strategies and
local ICT innovation ecosystems."
May 2012: InnoUEM project Newsletter 1/2012. Read updates on the
Management of Innovation-Capacity building project between VTT and Eduardo
Mondlane University. Click here.
March 2012: New website: Publications includes our publications and
other resources on ICT4D and STI4D. Click here.
February 2012: VTT Innovation Studies Seminar - Spring Series. This
seminar series provides fresh perspectives on-going issues from Finland and
abroad. Seminars are free but require registraion. Program, registration info,
presenstations, and further info here.
January 2012: New project: Co-Evolution of Knowledge Systems and
Innovation Pipelines. This project will look deeply into broad ranging changes
in the Finnish research and technology base, and develop new perspectives in
assessing emerging technology and innovation areas. A major part of the work
is biblio- and scientometric assessment of Finnish research and patenting
1970-2012, as well as global mapping of emerging technologies. More info here.
January 2012: New Project: EuroAfrica: Supporting ICT and policy
cooperation in the “Africa-EU Strategic Partnership on Science, Information
Society and Space”. VTT is the European technical coordinator in the
11-partner strong international consortium, which includes some of the leading
European and African ICT institutes. The objective of the project is to
support ICT research collaboration and policy dialogue within the Strategic
Partnership between Africa and EU. More info here.
Hannes Toivanen appointed as the European Co-Chair of the Information
Society track of the Joint Expert Group on 8th Partnership
Researcher Hannes Toivanen, Ph.D. has been appointed to the European Co-Chair
of the Information Society track of the Joint Expert Group (JEG) of the 8th
Partnership between Europe and Africa, which is composed of three tracks,
Science, Information Society and Space. JEG is in an independent expert body
that advises the European Commission and the African Union Commission on
implementation of the partnership between Africa and Europe. P8 JEG is
co-chaired by Luis Magalhães, the President of the Knowledge Society Agency
(UMIC) (Portugal) and Mohamed Ben Amor, General Manager of the Tunisian
Telecommunications Research and Studies Center. Ben Amor is also the co-chair
for the Information Society track with Hannes Toivanen.
More information on the African-Europe Partnership: http://www.africa-eu-partnership.org/
New Project: Building Innovation Innovation Capacity at the Eduardo
Mondlane University launched for full duration
Building innovation management capacities at UEM (InnoUEM) has been launched
for the extended period, 2011-2012. Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and
VTT have signed contract and the project has been launched in February 2011.
VTT team concluded its first mission to Maputo, Mozambique in late March. The
team organized workshop with the Faculty of Economics and Faculty of
Engineering from UEM, as well as undertook stakeholder consultations. More
information at the project website:InnoUEM
New Publication: Mobile birth registration in Liberia. CMI
project mid-term review
Authors: Toivanen, Hannes; Hyvönen,
Jukka; Wevelsiep, Mathias; & Metsäniemi, Mika
registration provides a person with a name and identity, and usually enables
access to a wide variety of basic rights and services through e.g. acquisition
of a driving li-cence, passport, and voter registration. The absence of birth
registration may lead to the deprivation of such rights and services,
contributing to the emergence of different forms of poverty and
under-development. As such, birth registration and well functioning population
information systems are essentia of democracy and civil society, especially in
developing and post-conflict countries. This is a mid-term evaluation report
about the Crisis Management Iniative’s project to establish Mobile Birth
Registration system in Liberia. Download
Publication details: 2011. VTT, Espoo. 56 p. + app. 13 p. VTT Working Papers :
159. ISBN 978-951-38-7501-5 (URL: http://www.vtt.fi/publications/index.jsp)
ICTAD, ICT, state building, Liberia, e-Government, public-private partnership,
mobile data solution, evaluation, development cooperation, poverty reduction,
New publication: From ICT towards information society. Policy
strategies and concepts for employing ICT for reducing poverty
Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) play
an increasingly important role for development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Indeed,
we have good reason to believe that the region as a whole, and in particular
selected regions, is set to witness rapidly accelerating deployment of ICT
across society and economy. This project was commissioned by the Finnish
Ministry for Foreign Affairs to analyze on-going trends in employing
information and communication technologies for devel-opment, as well as to
introduce new perspectives to existing national ICT strategies. The concrete
expectation with the project was to support the expansion of Finnish
coopera-tion in the field of ICT and information society with the Tanzanian
Publication details: 2011. VTT, Espoo. 39 p. + app. 1 p. VTT Working Papers :
158. ISBN 978-951-38-7500-8 (URL: http://www.vtt.fi/publications/index.jsp)
information society, innovation, ICT, ecosystems, Africa, Tanzania,
development, poverty reduction
African Local Innovation Ecosystem Project launched
With support from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, VTT is launching a
project, ”African Local Innovation Ecosystem” (ALOIECO). The project will
examine in detail innovation and ICT4D challenges in the context of African
It will and examine in particular relationship between informal and formal
innovation process, local and global knowledge chains, as well develop new
perspectives on private-public partnerships in support of innovation and
innovative business models in rural Africa.
The project includes also foresigh on near-market ICT technology, and
extensive field research work to be undertaken in Iringa, Tanzania.
More information at the project website:ALOIECO