Innovation for Development Impact

Lessons from the OECD Development Assistance Committee

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The development co-operation community needs to innovate to meet the global challenges ahead. Although it has an established track record for innovating partnerships, funding instruments and technologies, they are not enough to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. This report synthesises the lessons emerging from an OECD Development Assistance Committee peer learning exercise on how innovation efforts can be strengthened, individually and collectively, to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The report is organised around three blocks – strategy, management and culture; organisation and collaboration; and, the innovation process – and provides recommendations on how innovation can best benefit poor and vulnerable people around the world.

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Executive summary

Over the past two decades, levels of interest and investments in realising the potential of innovation in international development and humanitarian work have grown considerably. Investments in novel approaches and technologies, from vaccines to malnutrition treatments to mobile banking, have transformed the lives of poor and vulnerable people. There are new methods and tools, new teams and departments, new collaborations and partnerships, and new principles and ways of working. There is also a growing realisation that the sector needs to do more than just ask for innovation: it needs to roll up its sleeves and start doing innovation.

English Also available in: French

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