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The diffusion of innovation in low-income countries

Time (GMT +00) 09:30 17:30


​Technological innovation is a key element of industrialisation in developing countries. Since innovation is costly, risky and path-dependent, ground-breaking innovation is often highly concentrated in a few rich countries and amongst a small number of firms. The transfer, adoption and adaptation of knowledge to low income countries constitutes an important issue for economic growth and global development.

Join international policy makers, business managers and scholars at a one-day conference hosted by the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), University of Oxford and the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) to present research findings and share world-class knowledge in the field of innovation in low-income countries.

The event comes at the end of a three-year project on the determinants and impact of technology transfer in and to low-income countries, funded by DEGRP and supported by UNCTAD and the Ghanaian government.

Guest speakers will include:
• Li Yong - Director General, UNIDO
• Anne Miroux - Director, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
• Professor Bengt-Åke Lundvall - Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University
• Professor Xiaolan Fu - Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), University of Oxford

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception.


Visit the DEGRP event page for:

  • Event Storify
  • Downloadable PDF of main research findings
  • Downloadable PDF of Li Yong's keynote speech