Inclusive development is a top priority for governments in developing countries. As poverty incidence remains high in spite of some effective innovation experiences in these countries prove that developed innovation methods are not always inclusive.
Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) is broadly understood as “innovation that reduces poverty and enables as many groups of people, especially the poor and marginalized, to participate in decision-making, to create and actualize opportunities, and share equitably in the benefits of development.
One of the non-government proponents of IID is the Universities and Councils Network for Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia (UNIID-SEA). The UNIID-SEA is a regional initiative led by the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), in partnership with the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), and is supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). This three-year initiative is a follow up to an earlier project on Science and Technology Innovations for the Base of the Pyramid in Southeast Asia (iBoP Asia) supported by IDRC.
UNIID-SEA works with universities and research councils in Southeast Asia to develop platforms for open learning and knowledge sharing. It also provides opportunities to conduct action research. Moreover, it creates opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and partnership between formal institutions and communities at the grassroots that can provide inputs to integrate IID to policymaking within the SEA countries and the ASEAN.
To cement these efforts, UNIID-SEA will hold the 2014 Southeast Asia Conference in Innovation for Inclusive Development in Jakarta, Indonesia on 5-6 November 2014. The theme of the conference is “Making Innovation of All, by All, For All Happen in the ASEAN Region." The conference will present the work of the Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, and Filipino institutions and individuals who have been the Network’s partners in its various endeavors.
This regional conference will serve as the formal launch of UNIID-SEA Network to be initially led by UNIID-SEA Project Advisory Council (PAC). The PAC is composed of the following: Dr. Nguyen Dinh Minh, National Council for Science and Technology Policy, Vietnam; Dr. Tusy Adibroto, Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT), Indonesia; Dr. Iding Chaidir, Dewan Riset Nasional, Indonesia; Dr. Soottiporn Chittmittrapap, Chair, National Research Council of Thailand; Dr. Lourdes Cruz, National Research Council of the Philippines; Dr. Antonio La Viña, Ateneo School of Government, Philippines; Dr. Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Dr. K. Thiruchelvam, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; Dr. Joseph Thomas, Indian Institute of Technology of Madra.