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Beyond innovation for scalable technological solutions

While delivering impressive R&D outputs across a number of sectors, the application of business approaches to scaling up technological solutions often fail to reach those in diverse marginal environments, or to build long-term innovation capabilities among beneficiaries themselves. Badly-designed philanthropic and public-private investments can even sometimes work against the kinds of social changes that enable communities to find their own solutions.

Resources on this CD

  1. 'Philanthropy’ Brooks, S., Leach, M., Lucas, H. and Millstone, E. (2009) Silver Bullets, Grand Challenges and the New Philanthropy, STEPS Working Paper 24, Brighton: STEPS Centre
  2. 'Beyond Scaling Up: Pathways to Universal Access’ flyer, July 2009
  3. 'Redistribution' Ely, A. and Scoones, I. (2009) The Global Redistribution of Innovation: Lessons from China and India, STEPS Working Paper 22, Brighton: STEPS Centre
  4. Presentation: Scaling up: a summary and "call to action" by Lawrence Haddad, December 2008
  5. 'The Race to the Universal Fix’ in Leach, M. and Scoones, I. (2006) “The Slow Race", DEMOS

Additional online resources

(Internet connection required)
  1. Edwards, M. “Small Change - Why Business Won't Save The World"
  2. Some issues around scaling up from the local are discussed in relation to agricultural technologies in Smith, J. and Chataway, J. (2009) 'Learning from the periphery: the CGIAR and civil society partnerships’ Innogen Working Paper No. 72

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