Innovation@DFID: Crowdsourcing New Ideas at the UK's Department for International Development

35 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2017

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Anke Schwittay

University of Sussex

Paul Braund

University of Sussex

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

Over the last decade, traditional development institutions have joined market-based actors in embracing inclusive innovation to ensure the sector’s relevance and impacts. In 2014, the UK’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) Innovation Hub launched Amplify as its own flagship initiative. The programme, which is managed by IDEO, a Silicon Valley-based design consultancy, aims to crowdsource new ideas to various development challenges from a broad and diverse group of actors, including poor people themselves. By examining the direction, diversity and distribution of Amplify’s work, we argue that while development innovation can generate more inclusive practices, its transformative potential is constrained by broader developmental logics and policy regimes.

Keywords: International Development, inclusive innovation, crowdsourcing, design, DFID

Suggested Citation

Schwittay, Anke and Braund, Paul, Innovation@DFID: Crowdsourcing New Ideas at the UK's Department for International Development (April 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2999652 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2999652

Anke Schwittay (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

Paul Braund

University of Sussex

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

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