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DFID Research Project

Enabling Innovation and Productivity Growth in Low Income Countries (EIP-LIC)

Innovation and growth

DFID Innovation and Development

The British Department for International Development (DFID) is funding a 5-year research project implemented by Tilburg University and Radboud University Nijmegen on innovation and productivity growth in low income countries (LICs).

The project focuses on understanding the factors, institutions, and policies that can increase business innovation and productivity growth, particularly in manufacturing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The research activities are conducted in ten countries in Africa and Asia: Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Various academic institutions and World Bank offices in those countries are actively engaged as partners in the research.

A key feature of the project is the combined quantitative and qualitative research approach involving enterprise surveys, randomized control trials (RCTs) and case studies. The output of the project comprises a series of research papers, reports and policy briefs as well as open-access databases, all accessible through this project website.

The research output is targeted at academics in development research, and more importantly at innovation policy makers within governments, business and development agencies with a view to valorise research outcomes and promote evidence-based policy making.