Day 2 - Forum on Implementation of Inclusive Innovation Policies - World Bank Group

11 February 2015

On February 11th, WBG will organize an interactive forum on Implementation of Inclusive Innovation Policies identifying what is required for inclusive innovations to be effectively delivered in specific domains and country contexts. It will further connect the macro-level perspective of government and policy makers with that of grassroots level innovators, active in the developing countries and emerging economies. The interactive sessions will draw from concrete examples from specific sectors, including health, nutrition, water and sanitation. The discussions will also build on the WBG’s first-hand experience in supporting inclusive innovation initiatives in Vietnam, Malaysia, China, and other countries and providing evidence of successful business models for inclusive innovations identified and supported through the Development Marketplace programme in India and other World Bank programmes. 


Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 9:10

1. Keynote Address

9:10 - 9:30

2. Scaling up Grassroots and Inclusive Innovations

9:30 - 11:00

Scaling grassroots innovations is a critical question in the debate over “democratisation of innovation” because it is providing conditions for transformational changes in lives of excluded and lower-income population. Pathways to scale include private and public sector channels, with successful examples of scaling through organizational growth, franchising of business models, social impact investment, mainstreaming through public sector delivery models, public private partnerships (PPPs), public procurement, and more recently, social impact bonds and development impact bonds.

The objective of the session is to raise awareness about various pathways for inclusive innovations to reach scale.

This roundtable session will host a multi-stakeholder debate which will address the following questions:

  1. What are the opportunities and what are the impediments to facilitating wider spread and greater scale of grassroots innovations?
  2. What is the potential for proven small-scale innovations to effectively address development challenges at scale?
  3. What approaches have been most successful in scaling grassroots innovations?
  4. Who are the key stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem and what is their role in scaling up grass roots innovations?  
  5. What are the main barriers constraining scaling-up of grassroots and inclusive innovations?

3. The Power of Cross-Sectoral Grassroots Solutions to Achieve Outcomes

11:15 – 12:45

Grassroots innovations have a good track record in achieving results in areas where government and donor efforts often fail. Working outside the sectoral compliance regime brings greater flexibility to develop and test new integrated offerings that meet multiple needs of the poor, cutting across several sectors. This parallel session will discuss in particular outcome-based solutions for health and nutrition challenges. The sessions will bring together grassroots innovators from various sectors to discuss the rationale and impact of integrated cross-sectoral solutions in country contexts.

The objective is to discuss the following:

  1. Potential to stimulate new solutions to persistent delivery challenges through cross-sectoral collaboration
  2. Challenges and constraints for mainstreaming and scaling of cross-sectoral innovations

Parallel sessions:

3.A. Cross-Sectoral Solutions for Scaling Health Outcomes: the Case of India

This break-out session will provide an opportunity for a deep dive examination of grassroots and social innovations leading to improved health outcomes:

  1. What does it take to improve health outcomes sustainably at scale?
  2. How innovative grassroots solutions help address this complex development challenge?
  3. What are the major obstacles and success factors for scaling cross-sectoral solutions?

3.B. Cross-Sectoral Solutions for Addressing the Access to Energy Challenge

This break-out session will provide an opportunity for a deep dive examination of grassroots innovations leading to improved access to sustainable energy:

  1. What are the options of improving access to sustainable energy at scale for poor populations?
  2. How innovative grassroots solutions help address this complex development challenge?
  3. What are the major obstacles and success factors for scaling cross-sectoral solutions to energy access?

4. Public-Private Collaboration as Catalyst for Improved Outcomes

14:00 – 15:30

The many challenges and resource constraints at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) would be most efficiently solved by governments, private sector and the beneficiaries working on solutions in an integrated and coordinated way. Governments are still seen as responsible for providing crucial services to their citizens, and dedicate significant efforts and resources to service delivery and inclusive growth agendas. At the same time, private actors - businesses, NGOs, and other organizations - have been developing innovative solutions to providing livelihoods opportunities and other life changing services to the poor and, in some countries are responsible for up to 70% of service delivery to the BoP clients. Community Driven Development has also been getting traction by enabling disadvantaged communities to innovate at the grassroots level, and by doing so, solving their own development issues. Numerous examples of successful public and private collaborations exist, but few countries succeed in systematically integrating private and public service delivery. This session will provide an opportunity for a deep dive examination of public-private collaboration in a sectoral context to discuss the benefits, challenges and policy enablers of public-private collaboration

Parallel sessions:

4.A. Capturing Opportunities for Scale through Collaborative Solutions to Water and Sanitation Challenge

Large shares of rural and urban poor are still without access to the water and sanitation services, despite sector modernization. This has raised public sector’s interest in the private sector solutions that have the potential to deliver improved services to low-income areas at a comparatively low public investment cost, or a price that the poor are willing and able to pay.

This session will address the following questions:

  • How can public sector tap into the alternative solutions developed by public providers of water and waste management?
  • What are the collaborative strategies for scaling up?

4.B. Can the Private Sector Improve Access to Education for the Poor and Marginalized Communities?

International experience shows that through better efficiency and cost management, the private sector can expand access to education, which becomes critically important in fostering social inclusion of the poor and marginalized communities.

This break-out session will provide an opportunity for a deep dive examination of public-private collaboration in primary and secondary education:

  • What are the financing models for quality schooling for the bottom of the pyramid?
  • Which accountability frameworks provide best incentives for private school performance?

5. A Common Cause: International Community Support for Inclusive Innovations

16:00 – 17:30

This is a concluding session, summarizing the global lessons in implementation of innovation promoting policies, stressing multi-stakeholder collaboration between the grass root innovators, government, beneficiaries, and donors.

6. Closing Remarks

17:30 – 18:00

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