Research on Innovation Systems and Social Inclusion in Emerging Economies and Beyond: RISSI at BRICS+

How can science, technology, and innovation contribute to poverty reduction and inclusive development, especially in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, otherwise known as the BRICS countries?

Earlier IDRC-supported research analyzed and compared the diverse paths and development strategies of BRICS countries from the point of view of national innovation systems. A key finding is that the benefits of innovations rarely address the needs of the poor because most policies and systems that support science, technology, and innovation target economic growth and competitiveness, not reducing poverty or inequalities.

This research aims to:

- build the capacity of PhD students and policymakers gathering at the Rio de Janeiro GLOBELICS Academy in August 2012;
- develop a framework to capture the dynamics of socially inclusive innovation systems that are not usually evident to policymakers; and
- expand the BRICS research network to include other developing countries.

More generally, the research aims to compare how science, technology, and innovation foster development compared to how development interventions achieve this goal. It also aims to foster a better understanding of how innovation and social inclusion operate in emerging economies. Other goals include expanding the network of countries to analyze the dynamics within and between these emerging economies and drawing lessons for neighbouring countries. The research is expected to lead to the creation of alternative development strategies that build on the intensive use of science, technology, and innovation to reduce poverty and contribute to social inclusion.

Project ID

106653

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Friday, March 16, 2012

End Date

Monday, September 16, 2013

Duration

18 months

IDRC Officer

Burone, Federico

Total funding

CA$ 403,900

Country(s)

Americas, Brazil, South America, Asia, China, Far East Asia, India, South and Central Asia, Uruguay, Africa, South Africa, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Rasigan Maharajh

Institution

Tshwane University of Technology

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

http://www.tut.ac.za

Project Leader

José E. Cassiolato

Institution

Fundaçao Universitária José Bonifácio

Institution Country

Brazil

Institution Website

http://www.fujb.ufrj.br

Project Leader

K. J. Joseph

Project Leader

Dinesh Abrol

Institution

Prof. K.J. Joseph, CDS Trivandrum and Dr. Dinesh Abrol, NISTADS, New Delhi for and on behalf of Kerala Development Society

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

https://www.idrc.ca/en/www.kdsonline.org%20/%20www.nrlg.org

Project Leader

Judith Sutz

Institution

Universidad de la República

Institution Country

Uruguay

Institution Website

http://www.universidad.edu.uy