International Conference: Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development

What is the relevance and role of frugal innovation within the Sustainable Development Goals? The Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) organizes an international conference discovering answers to this question. Frugal innovation is focused on the development of high-quality, affordable products for emerging markets. You are cordially invited to Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden on 7 and 8 November, when academics will join forces with experts from businesses, NGOs, start-ups, consultancy and policy making. 

Check out the detailed programme.


Tuesday 7 November
Morning programme:
  • 9:00-11:00 Welcome and Key Notes
  • 11:00-12:45 Academic paper presentations
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch + networking
Afternoon programme: Frugal Innovation put to practice
  • 14:00-15:00 Welcome and Key Notes
  • 15:15-17:00 Presentation, Policy Session, Panel Discussion
  • 17:00-18:00 Drinks + networking

Wednesday 8 November

  • 9:30-13:00 Academic paper presentations
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch + networking
  • 14:00-17:00 Academic paper presentations
  • 17:00-18:00 Closing session and Drinks 

Additional opportunity for junior researchers: Thursday 9 November

Centre for Frugal Innovation Career Day: Are you working on frugal innovation as a PhD candidate or junior researcher? Join our Early Career Day. More info on

The Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa is part of the strategic alliance between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Registration for this conference is free, but do register!
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Date, time and location

07 November 2017 to 08 November 2017
Museum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS, Leiden