Innovation Policies for the Inclusion of Localised Communities

Several countries have implemented innovation policy programmes to promote innovation in less dynamic local areas or disadvantaged communities. This page presents a range of relevant examples. 

Please click on the images to find the full policy cases. 

Prototypes of Social Innovation programme – Chile


Objective: Develop proofs of concept and prototypes of innovative solutions to meet social/regional challenges through open innovation.

Target: Regions and communities facing specific social challenges.

Instrument: Grants to develop proofs of concept and prototypes of new solutions to meet major regional challenges.

Ideas for Change – Colombia


Objective: Find solutions to challenges faced by poor and vulnerable communities, particularly in the environment and energy fields.

Target: Poor and vulnerable local communities with unmet needs, particularly relating to the environment and energy fields.

Instrument: Grants provided to firms, universities and research institutions that can solve identified local challenges in the environment and energy fields.

Maori Innovation Fund (Te Pūnaha Hiringa) – New Zealand


Objective: Help Maori collectives to increase their skills, knowledge and networks so they can realise the economic potential of their assets.

Target: Maori collectives, including trusts, incorporations, post-settlement governance entities and similar organisations.

Instrument: Financial support to contract a commercial advisor to provide professional business advice and mentoring; training in governance, management, strategic planning and other business skills.

Support programmes for companies from the ultra-Orthodox community and from minority communities – Israel



Objective: Encourage and support entrepreneurship by the ultra-Orthodox community and the Arab minorities.

Target: Minority groups (ultra-Orthodox entrepreneurs and Arab entrepreneurs – including Druze, Bedouin and Circassians).

Instrument: Grants covering 85% of the approved budget, up to NIS 2 million (EUR 478 000), notably for start-ups’ product development.

Productive Territories Programme – Mexico

Pilot phase

Objective: Reduce poverty and increase productivity of rural households in Mexico.

Target: Poor rural households.

Instrument: A technical team develops a tailored development plan for each location, taking into account existing assets and local needs.