Innovation platforms are ways to bring together different stakeholders to identify solutions to common problems or to achieve common goals. They ensure that different interests are taken into account, and various groups contribute to finding solutions. Used by the private sector to gather information and improve networking among key stakeholders in a particular economic sector, they caught the attention of development agencies at the end of the 1980s. They are now increasingly common in research and development initiatives.
But innovation platforms can be difficult and time-consuming, so must be used with care. This brief explains what innovation platforms are and how they work, and it describes some of their advantages and limitations. It is one of a series of briefs on innovation platforms; the other briefs in the series go into detail on specific aspects of the approach.
Homann-Kee Tui, S.; Adekunle, A.; Lundy, M.; Tucker, J.; Birachi, E.; Schut, M.; Klerkx, L.; Ballantyne, P.G.; Duncan, A.J.; Cadilhon, J.; Mundy, P. What are innovation platforms? Innovation Platforms Practice Brief 1. ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya (2013) 6 pp.