Project Progress & Outcomes

Full list of DILIC outcomes (PDF file - updated to September 2014)

Spring 2015

• Findings of DILIC project will be published in the Chapter 'Innovations in the Informal Economy: Recent research development and areas for future research' of the book 'The Informal Economy in Developing Nations: Hidden Engine of Innovation? - New economic insights and policies' by Cambridge University Press later this year. 

Winter 2014

• Prof Xiaolan Fu gave a speech on 'Innovation and technological progress in developing countries' at UN General Assembly special session on 'Fostering science technology & innovation' in New York, December 2014.

Spring 2014

• Prof Xiaolan Fu presented the DILIC project at the UNCTAD Multi Year Inter-governmental Expert Meeting on Building Productive Capabilities for Sustainable Development.
• Prof Xiaolan Fu gave a talk on inclusive innovation at the OECD and World Bank Joint Symposium on Inclusive Innovation.
• Prof Xiaolan Fu presented the DILIC project at the Africa Innovation Summit held in Cape Verde [read more]

• DILIC Project in the News

• 'UK Foreign Aid Turns to Research', Nature, April 2014
• 'Secrecy among Kenyan firms may be impeding innovation', SciDev.Net, April 2014
• 'Innovation takes Centre Stage' on Africa Business, pp.93-96, April 2014
'All together now' on Research: News, Analysis, Funding, Data, 10 March 2014
'Africa's Firms Revealed As Innovative but Unsupported' on SciDev.Net, 26 February 2014
'Top tips for building policy for innovation' on SciDev.Net, 6 February 2014

Fall 2013

•Oxfam GB Lunch Seminar (link)
•DSA Conference (link)

•WTO 2013 Public Forum, 'Technology and Trade in Low Income Countries, SSAs and Small Vulnerable Economics', Geneva. Oct, 2013. 

Summer 2013

• UNU-WIDER Conference 2013
• Dr Giacomo Zanello presented the paper “Innovation Under the Radar in Low Income Countries: Evidence from Ghana” at the UNU-WIDER conference in Helsinki (24-25 June 2013). The presentation is available here (pdf).

Winter 2013

• Fieldwork Findings Report: Phase One
The initial phase of fieldwork (Jan-Mar 2013) aimed to set the foundations for the DILIC project in Ghana. The main objective was to collect in-depth case studies about firms’ responses to the constraints to innovation, and how and when innovation policies can overcome these barriers.

• TMCD & Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI) Workshop in Ghana
The TMCD in collaboration with the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI) organised a workshop to present the Diffusion of Innovation in Low Income Countries (DILIC) Project in Accra. The presentations are available here (Prof Fu) (Dr Zanello)

TMCD Working Paper Series
Fu, X. "Outward direct investment from China and economic growth in less developed countries"
Fu, X. "Multi-dimensional Complementarities and the Growth Impact of Direct Investment from China on Host Countries". WP050
Hou, J. and Mohnen, P. "Complementarity between internal knowledge creation and external knowledge sourcing in developing countries". WP054
Zanello, G. and Srinivasan, C.S. "Information sources, ICTs and price information in rural agricultural markets". WP051
Zhu, S. and Fu, X. "Drivers of export upgrading", World Development, forthcoming.

Policies Reviews and Literature Review

Ghanaian Economy and Industry Policy Review
The Ghanaian Economy and Industry Policy Review provided an overview of the economic sectors of Ghana and reviewed the current industrial policy.

• China Innovation Policy Review on 'Innovation Policies for Low Income Countries: What Can we Learn from China's Experience'
The main objectives of the China Innovation Policy Review were to identify policies in China which proved to be effective and which can bring new ideas to the fieldwork, and to identify which policies the Ghanaian Government has or has not  adopted and which can be introduced by following China’s example.

Literature Review
The systematic literature review aimed to shed some light on the dynamics that drive the diffusion of innovation in LICs based on existing literature, and identify the gaps for future research.