News story

Online consultation on innovation and economic growth in poor countries

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

DFID is planning to undertake a research programme on the role of technological diffusion in increasingin increasing economic growth in low-income countries.

The Department for International Development is planning to undertake a research programme on the role of technological diffusion and how policy can be used to encourage it.

In order to help establish the priorities for this programme we have launched an online workspace to consult with researchers on the topics that are most likely to yield new knowledge that could be useful for policymaking. Issues that could be addressed include:

  • Finance for innovation/adaptation
  • Education and training for innovation/adaptation
  • Industrial policy and innovation
  • Employment and innovation
  • Intellectual property rights and innovation
  • Low carbon growth

The consultation is open until 5 July 2010. If you would like to be a part of this consultation email your name, affiliation and e-mail address to and we will send you an invitation to join.

We wish to engage a large number of researchers from across the globe and hope this workspace will provide a platform for discussion and synergy. Once you are a member of this group you are able to invite others to take part in the consultation and we encourage members to share this widely with colleagues.

The Results

The consultation will help to shape a roundtable discussion on 22 July 2010 to be chaired by Professor Alan Winters, the DFID Chief Economist. The discussion will draw heavily on the comments made during the online consultation, and those who have made the most constructive comments and suggestions will be invited to participate. It will take place in DFID’s London offices.

After the roundtable we will reopen the research forum to post summary papers and to invite any additional comments on them which we hope will lead to the formulation of proposals for a programme of research.

We hope you are able to join this forum and help us to shape what should be a very interesting and exciting piece of research.