InfoDev and DFID Climate Technology Program
infoDev’s Climate Technology Program (www.infoDev.org/climate) is conducting country-specific projects aimed at accelerating the development, deployment and transfer of locally relevant climate technologies. The program explores the implementation of ‘Climate Innovation Centers’ which form part of a holistic approach to innovation, helping to effectively harness economic opportunities in developing countries through technology entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprise(SME) development. The program includes the establishment of a global network of Innovation Centers to facilitate and catalyze cross border, south-south and north-south collaboration.
Rationale: Accelerating global technology development and transfer is essential to help reduce the long-term cost of responding to the challenge of climate change. Developing countries are particularly interested in building their own innovation capacity to seize the economic, social and environmental opportunities that new technologies offer. Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) can support innovation through targeted, country-driven approaches and allow developing countries to overcome the challenges of adapting, commercializing and scaling-up climate technologies for widespread deployment.
Our Goals: The Climate Technology Program will engage local stakeholders in each country to understand how Innovation Centers can be designed to: • Create an enabling environment to develop climate technology innovation capacity at the grassroots • Accelerate the transfer and commercialization of technologies for mitigation and adaptation of climate change • Support entrepreneurs and SMEs for job creation, private sector development and environmentally sustainable growth