Peter Knorringa holds a chair in Private Sector & Development and is the Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA). As a professor working at the International Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam), he says: “I do not perceive private firms as either the ‘enemy’ or the ‘heroic deliverer’ of development. Instead, I aim to advance a more empirical and nuanced debate on where and when entrepreneurs and firms are more likely to contribute to a better balance among economic dynamism, sustainability and social responsibility.”
This perspective is highly relevant for the topic of frugal innovation as well. These low cost innovations combine low tech and high tech in reaching solutions for everyday problems in resource constrained environments. Within frugal innovation, technology is one side of the story, but it must be put in perspective from an entrepreneurial and social or cultural perspective in order to contribute to sustainable development outcomes. Join the lab FRUGAL INNOVATION LAB: CREATE MORE VALUE WITH LESS to learn more!