Resource Library

At IDIN, we’re all about learning, especially when it’s hands-on. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources, many of which are used at our trainings and summits around the world.

From Innovators' Perspective: Processes of Grassroots Innovation in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

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This Masters thesis seeks to understand the innovation processes of grassroots innovators in two states in Southern India. Through interviews and case study research, the thesis sheds light on how each innovator has developed his innovation from idea to product, as well as on the enabling conditions that are needed in order to support processes of local innovation in Southern India.

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Understanding the relationship between place-based economic development strategies for innovation and inequality: the Innovation District in Medellin, Colombia

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This report presents the research of IDIN Summer Research Fellow Juan Constain, who researched an Innovation District in the Colombian city of Medellín as part of a larger project leading to his Masters thesis. This report documents and maps the players in the district and examines the strategies used to develop the district, paying particular attention to the role of the district in furthering or eroding economic and social inclusion of residents in the surrounding neighborhoods. 

 

 

 

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Ghanaian Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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This undergraduate thesis presents the results of 28 in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs and local innovators in four cities across Ghana.  The thesis explores the motivations and backgrounds of these entrepreneurs, the factors that have led them to create their own businesses, and structural enablers and barriers to local innovation in the Ghanaian context.  This research builds on fieldwork conducted by the co-authors through the IDIN Summer Research Fellowship.

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Mapping of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Conakry, Guinea

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This report outlines the research of IDIN Summer Research Fellow Meghan McCormick, who spend her summer in Conakry, Guinea working to identify and map the city's entrepreneurial ecosystem. The report shares the methods she used to do so, key insights from her research with a variety of local stakeholders, and reflections on the city's innovation ecosystem. The directory of ecosystem players that emerged from her work can be found here.

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Creative Capacity Building in Uganda: Qualitative case research into the impact of CCB on individuals and communities

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This collection of case studies illustrates the range of outcomes that D-Lab's Creative Capacity Building trainings have had in communities across Uganda. The cases illustrate an evolution in the ways that CCB alumni apply the design process after the training is over: a progression from designing for income, to designing for resilience, to designing for development.

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Assembly Traders as Supply Chain Integrators for Smallholder Farmers

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This report summarizes the research of 2016 IDIN Summer Research Fellows Kate Collins and Bar Pereg, who conducted research on the role of assembly traders in the value chains for smallholder maize production in Uganda.  This report identifies three key barriers that currently prevent smallscale agregators from playing a more beneficial role in the supply chain and also identifies several promising and innovative local initiatives that are piloting solutions to the key challenges identified. 

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Mobility App and Citizens: Views from Jakarta

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This report shares the research of IDIN Summer Research Fellow Ying Gao, who conducted research on innovations in informal urban transportation in Jakarta, Indonesia. She investigated how the introduction of a novel ride-hailing app for informal transit services was impacting various stakeholders in the system, while also mapping out these stakeholders, their relationships to one another, and their roles within the complex system of urban transportation provision. 

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Local Innovation: what it is and why it matters for developing economies

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This paper shares findings and insights from across IDIN's research program. The paper introduces and clarifies the concept of local innovation and shares two key pathways through which local innovation contributes to local development in the contexts that were included in the research.

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Lean Research Framework

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The Lean Research Framework is a guide to principles for human-centered field research developed by researchers at MIT D-Lab, the Feinstein International Center, and the Fletcher School for International Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

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Learning to Adapt: A Case Study of a Climate Change Pilot Project in Shaanxi, China

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This report and case study presents the research of IDIN 2016 Summer Research Fellow Jessica Gordon, who researched an innovative poverty alleviation and climate adaptation pilot project in a village in rural western China.  The case study finds that the project was effective in influencing the local development plan for the area to take into consideration climate change adaptation and mitigation and to link these issues to poverty reduction, making this the first county in China to develop a climate resilient local development plan.

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