Grassroots Innovation in China and India

Grassroots innovations are innovations that emerge from local traditional and informal knowledge systems, with or without blending with formal knowledge. Grassroots innovation has yet to be fully understood or exploited in China and India. This grant will support a detailed study of grassroots innovation in the context of national innovation systems in the two countries. Researchers will look at why and how some grassroots innovations evolve to a successful outcome and others do not. And, they will examine the external environment in which an innovation serves a public good, finds a market, gets scaled up or otherwise finds expression as a socially and economically valued product. The overall premise is that national innovation systems can only benefit the poor and other excluded sections of society when they do not rely entirely on formal science and technology (S&T) systems. Both states recognize that new ways and institutional arrangements for reducing poverty in the rural hinterland are urgently needed, and both have espoused national policies that seek to balance rapid economic growth with social equity. It is expected that the findings will provide input toward these goals.

Project ID

105170

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Saturday, August 29, 2009

End Date

Monday, December 31, 2012

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Santiago Rodriguez, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 450,000

Countries

China, Far East Asia, India, Central Asia, South Asia

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Anil Gupta

Institution

Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.sristi.org

Project Leader

Zhang Liyan

Institution

Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

Institution Country

China

Institution Website

http://www.tjufe.edu.cn