infoDev experimented with a variety of approaches to discover cutting-edge solutions to developmental challenges and strengthened its service offerings in the fields of Mobile, Agribusiness, Climate Technology, and activities focused on women’s entrepreneurship and access to finance by:
- Establishing three Climate Innovation Centers (CICs), four mLabs, and eight mHubs; with five Agribusiness Innovation Centers (AICs), five additional CICs, and one mHub in the pipeline;
- Partnering with a multitude of people, organizations, and institutions dedicated to the same goal of supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, and;
- Producing innovative research on a range of topics from crowdfunding to diaspora engagement in the Caribbean.
Every infoDev activity, project, and knowledge product has consistently supported the World Bank Group’s goals in competitiveness, private sector development, inclusive growth, innovation, and technology, from collaboration on Country Partnership Strategies to its 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship in South Africa where more than 800 stakeholders convened to share knowledge and forge connections.
Over the reporting years infoDev’s donor base has grown, with valued contributions coming from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Disbursements have increased by more than 50 percent, totaling $15.5 million in 2013.
For more information about the Annual Report 2012 - 2013, please contact Angela Bekkers, email: Abekkers@worldbank.org