Publication: Drivers of Inclusive Innovation in Developing County Markets: A Policy Perspective

Foster, C.G. & Heeks, R.B. 2016. Drivers of Inclusive Innovation in Developing County Markets: A Policy Perspective, in Inclusive Innovation for Sustainable Development, N. Agola & A. Hunter (eds), Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 57–74.
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Abstract

This chapter seeks to understand the role that policy can play in ensuring innovation is inclusive in developing country markets.

It does this through analysis of the Kenyan mobile sector, a sector that has been particularly successful in supporting suitable innovations for low income customers.

We argue that whilst inclusive innovation policy may mirror some elements of conventional innovation policy, it is likely that specific policy approaches can better support inclusive innovation.

We offer a framework which highlights four key dimensions of consideration for policy for inclusive innovation – scope of policy, low income focus, scaling and innovation intermediaries. These four dimension outlines a set of considerations that policy makers should look to include in policy formulations and instruments.

Earlier version

Foster, C.G., 2015. Drivers of Inclusive Innovation in Developing County Markets: A Policy Perspective, Paper presented at GRM International Conference

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