iBoP ASIA joins the community of researchers and practitioners who are striving to develop sustainable technologies and business models to improve living conditions for people in low-income communities. The project is a partnership between the Ateneo School of Government in the Phillippines, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
I believe that one of the important contributions from iBOP ASIA – apart of course from the development of appropriate technologies – is the focus on the role of the public sector and policy making to bring forward the work in BOP. This perspective has so far not been adquately addressed, since the current research and practice in BOP is mostly growing out of a business context. To challenge to improve the living conditions of the poor 2/3’s of the world’s population demands new and innovative partnerships across sectors.
Read more about the objectives of the iBOP ASIA here below, and check out their website for more information HERE.
The overall objective of the project is to foster science and technology (S&T) innovations that can effectively address the developmental needs of the poor and excluded in the region. Ultimately, the effort should contribute towards affordable solutions in areas that address the unmet needs, increase productivity and incomes, while at the same time facilitating the BOPís participation in wider economic systems.
The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
- Help raise awareness among policymakers and the private sector on the needs of the poor and the role that S&T can play in addressing them;
- Contribute to the development of policy and governance tools that encourage S&T innovations for the BOP;
- Develop an open platform for information-sharing and learning, in order to foster close linkages among research councils, and between them and other innovation system actors in the region;
- Build the capacity among research councils to conduct policy research on pro-poor S&T innovations, in coordination with the other key stakeholders; and
- Facilitate dialogue among government, private sector, civil society and BOP stakeholders, to encourage the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships as tool to encourage S&T innovations for the BOP.