Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom
Joining efforts with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Norway, infoDev launched the Climate Innovation Centers (CICs); facilities designed to bolster the clean technology entrepreneur, and to harness the economic opportunities that climate change presents for start ups and small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries.
With the Government of Brazil, infoDev is exploring the environmental issues and the economic potential of processing and using electronic waste (e-waste), a phenomenon affecting developing countries the world over. Brazil was also the host of the 3rd Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (2009), a biennial flagship event of infoDev.
In collaboration with the government of Canada, we are supporting the growth and market potential of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) via a targeted suite of incubation, financing and skills development services in the Caribbean region, with a special focus on women’s entrepreneurship, mobile innovation and clean climate technologies.
In a flagship program funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (FOR MIN), and implemented via a technology partnership with Nokia Corporation, we have delivered a pioneering intervention to invent and deploy mobile applications labs to grow the next generation of apps entrepreneurs. The mobile innovation program is part of the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy Program (CSBKE). Per 2013, the program has supported over 1,600 developers and entrepreneurs, and helped over 150 small businesses in developing countries. In the first two years, these businesses brought 120 new mobile applications to market, and over 40 of them have secured investments totaling more than US$ 13 million.
Under the same CSBKE program, championed by the Finnish government, infoDev is identifying how best to grow innovative MSMEs in agriculture, a field that has a vast impact on job creation, competitiveness and productivity in developing countries.
In close cooperation with World Bank ICT experts and the government of South Korea, infoDev has increased understanding of the mechanisms through which broadband connectivity can create and support jobs, competitiveness and productivity. Thanks to the support of the Korean Trust Fund on ICT for Development, in 2010 infoDev and the World Bank Institute launched EVOKE, a unique online game that challenged youth to learn about development problems and come up with creative solutions.
In partnership with the South African Department of Science & Technology, infoDev is organizing the 5th Global Forum on Innovation & Technology Entrepreneurship in East London, South Africa in May 2013. The Global Forum is infoDev’s flagship event, convening thought leaders, entrepreneurs, innovation activists and other members of our grassroots community.
In partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Foreign Ministry of Finland and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), infoDev is delving into the effect that mobile phone use has on the most marginalized segments of the population, as well as on the ways women entrepreneurs can seize the opportunities created by the strong growth in the mobile sector.
We are engaging and mentoring the next generation of talented technology entrepreneurs in developing countries via dynamic partnerships like LIONS@frica with the US State Department. Other partners include USAID, Nokia, Microsoft, Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST), DEMO, the African Development Bank and Startup Weekend.