The limitations of conventional science, technology and innovation indicators for measuring informal/grassroots/organisational innovation are well-recognised, and there are already encouraging attempts to develop innovation metrics that are applicable in more diverse contexts. In addition, a burgeoning number of indicators are emerging that aim to capture various components of 'development’ (including poverty alleviation and empowerment) and environmental sustainability. Challenges remain in building upon these efforts to characterise and monitor '3D’ innovation. Transparently communicating these and other data related to different 'directions’ of innovation (however these may be characterised) is a vital first step in the ongoing process of democratising innovation.
We welcome examples of innovation for development.
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