Innovation Systems for Inclusive Development : Lessons from Rural China and India

Both China and India are currently attempting to balance rapid economic growth, technological growth and globalization with social equity and sustainable economic growth. This project will analyze inclusive innovations in two subsectors that are prominent in the rural context: agriculture and micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) clusters. The research will focus on the drylands of India and the hinterland of China, where exclusion from mainstream economic development is most pronounced. Researchers will analyze the rural agricultural sector to determine how agricultural workers can gain from the rapidly changing context and move toward higher-value activities for global and domestic markets. They will examine the MSME clusters to identify how they can generate income and employment, build regional competitiveness, and respond to economic and environmental challenges. At the conceptual level, the researchers will endeavor to incorporate the concept of social inclusion into the analytical framework of the innovation system. The project is expected to offer new insights into pro-poor and inclusive development policy for China and India.

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Start Date

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

End Date

Friday, November 30, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Santiago Rodriguez, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 741,000


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


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Rajeswari S. Raina


(Chief, Administrative Services) for and on behalf of Centre for Policy Research Registered Society

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Xiaobo Wu


Zhejiang University

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