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Networking One of infoDev’s key pillars is the establishment of innovation networks, fostering a platform from which ideas derive, partnerships are created, and financing and business opportunities are discovered. The East Africa Climate Innovation Network (EACIN), launched in April 2013 is designed to grow regional climate technology markets by facilitating access to partners, building relationships with country institutions, and promoting knowledge transfer and trade across regions. The Women Innovators Network Caribbean (WINC) and the Women Innovators Network in Africa (WINA), connect growth-oriented women entrepreneurs throughout the Caribbean and Africa respectively to scale their businesses through mentoring, training, and peer-to-peer learning.

Knowledge society Sustainable growth requires a healthy, open business environment. By publishing research products and building regional capacity, infoDev works to reshape markets and orient policy toward innovation and competition.

Building Capacity To ease the leap from framework to implementation, infoDev trains public officials, regulatory agencies, and business incubation leaders from Moldova to South Africa. Currently, there are more than 60 certified trainers around the world who have gone through infoDev’s Business Incubation Management Training Program, the first of its kind, which improves its curriculum with graduates’ experiences.

Research Products infoDev plays a key role in producing cutting-edge research that not only exhibits the dynamic nature of our work, but also adds value to the knowledge economy as a whole. For example, the Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World report is an infoDev-led study, focused on the use of crowdfunding as a tool to surpass financing barriers in the developing world. In addition, the Diaspora Investing: The Business and Investment Interests of the Caribbean Diaspora report aims to help all stakeholders by recommending measures to improve transparency around investment opportunities and platforms for connecting potential investors with entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.

Profile for infoDev | World Bank Group

infoDev: Growing Innovation  

infoDev: Growing Innovation