Innovation for International Sustainable Development


Innovation for development is a growing area of interest in the international community nearing the end of the Millennium Development Goals program in 2015. 

From the US National Academy of Engineering’s Grainger Challenge Grant to the World Bank’s Development Marketplace, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Award to the Innovation for Development Report, Official Development Aid is pursuing faster, more efficient, and more effective ways to achieve its goals. In light of these initiatives this talk asks the basic system questions; “what is development,” and “what is innovation in the development context?” It probes the common constructs of economic and human development in search of a classification that can help innovators understand the full context of their efforts, and leverage gains in areas that overlap with their investments. The talk also considers the implications of the rising South on global sustainable development.

On May 2, 2013, the University of Florida hosted its first Innovation for International Development Symposium.