The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) is a collaborative research centre between Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam, that studies and documents frugal innovation: innovations that offer smart, simple and affordable solution. CFIA recently released a bulletin full of articles and developments in this new and relatively unknown form of innovation
Frugal innovation and Small & Medium Enterprises
The bulletin is a representation of the Centre's activities in the areas of education, research and knowledge exchange. In addition to a focus on the southern hemisphere, especially on Africa, the CFIA is also increasingly focusing on activities in Europe and Zuid-Holland. An example of this is the collaboration with the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, together they are developing a pilot program for SMEs on how to apply frugal innovation in their business operations.
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Handbook on Frugal Innovation
The bulletin also provides insight into upcoming activities. An exceptional project is a handbook on frugal innovation that will be published by Edward Elgar in mid-2021. The authors of this book represent a multitude of disciplines, including innovation studies, classical history, economics, development studies, anthropology, industrial design and technology studies, philosophy and ethics.
Stimulating dialogue between scientists
The chapters are a collection of current themes and debates about frugal innovation. The CFIA hopes that the juxtaposition of chapters in this handbook will lead to a debate and dialogue between scientists, both within and outside the field of frugal innovation studies, as well as within and between the different socio-economic regions of the world.
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