Can shared tools and high quality training spur innovation in Kenya's informal furniture industry?

By Jeremy Shapiro, Chaning Jang on Monday, 9 October 2017.

Practical training with Isaac in Kenya

On the outskirts of Nairobi, Ngong Road is lined by fundi’s stalls – many small workshops making rustic furniture with hand tools, few employees, and limited space and scale. Though it appears that aggregate demand for the goods provided by this industry would allow for scale, consolidation and growth, these small enterprises continue operating at small scale with limited capital and producing goods of moderate quality at high labor cost.

Making Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy in the big data era: A summary of the discussion at the IGL2017 Global Conference

By Juan Mateos-Garcia on Wednesday, 5 July 2017.

The data revolution is transforming our economy and society, from the way we shop to the way we date. But what about Research, Innovation and Growth (RIG) policy?

What would you fund with $10 million for an innovation and entrepreneurship support programme?

By Lou Davina Stouffs on Thursday, 8 June 2017.


Imagine you had $10 million to develop a new programme or policy instrument to support innovation, entrepreneurship or business growth. Given carte blanche, what would you spend it on?

Ahead of the Innovation Growth Lab’s annual conference in Barcelona, we asked five innovation and enterprise experts to answer this question.

How to learn and improve on what we do in the rugged landscape of programmes and policies?

By Triin Edovald on Monday, 4 April 2016.

Puzzle pieces

As more and more governments attempt to base their policies on sound evidence, randomised controlled trials - the 'gold standard' in evaluation - are gaining a stronger role in determining which policies work. But are they really the best way to tell us which policies should be used? This blogpost explores how to improve our ability to learn and better design things that work.

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As much as €152 billion is spent across Europe supporting businesses: but does it work?

By Teo Firpo and Thomas Beevers on Friday, 11 March 2016.

EU flags

Our estimates for the spending on business support across the European Union, based on our research for the UK, indicate that as much as €152 billion were spent in 2014. In this blog, we explore what this means for Europe, and what could be done better.

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