onderzoek in Afrika

Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa

Frugal innovations are new design and marketing strategies that put high-quality products and services that have been simplified and adapted to local circumstances within reach of the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ and the new middle-class in emerging economies.

The Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa studies the conditions under which frugal innovation can succeed and contribute to sustainable, inclusive development. A theoretical framework is combined with experimental projects in the field, which also involve Dutch, multi-national, and African companies and stakeholders. These experiments have a dual objective: to develop working, marketable innovations, but also to provide input for theories concerning frugal innovation and development.

Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa


Prof.dr. Peter Knorringa
Scientific director

Emma Hesselink, MA
Executive Manager