Drs. Mathilde Miedema
- Developing countries
- Development Cooperation
- Inclusive Business
We focus on ten societal areas.
TNO cooperates with companies, the public sector and other organisations, to apply our knowledge and expertise with and for others.
We develop knowledge not for its own sake, but for practical application.
TNO offers you the chance to do groundbreaking work and help customers and society with innovative, practical and smart solutions.
On TNO Insights you can read in-depth interviews and articles. Get inspired by TNO’s innovations!
Get in touch with Mathilde Miedema
Thanks to you and despite the crisis, we stayed focused on our mission to improve the lives of 1 million people in low- and middle income countries by inclusive innovation. In this wrap up of the year, the TNO Innovation for Development program looks at the reach of our inclusive innovations and future endeavors.
Together with our partners we reached almost 300.000 low-income individuals and we contributed to SDG 3 – Good Health and wellbeing, SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth, SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure and SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production. Find below some highlights of our achievements.
TNO developed alternative binders for bricks and blocks in housing in Senegal and Malawi. With Terrastone, GiZ, Oskam, LEVS, RVO and Elementerre we managed to replace cement by local resources, which makes the production more sustainable, affordable, efficient and of high quality.
Together with Protifarm, NGN, WUR, ICCO, RVO and Nutrifarm we scaled the cricket business for human consumption to Rwanda. We conducted a market study, designed a medium scale cricket farm with off-grid climate control solutions and attracted private sector to start supply and demand of crickets.
The innovative backpack for midwives to test the health of pregnant women is further developed and we combined it with group care. It was applied in Indonesia, Ghana and Suriname with our partners Simavi, Presbyterian Health Services and Grand Challenges Canada. Guidelines on growth charts and development scores were spread with the Gates Foundation.
Thank you for your commitment to work with us, a commitment that enables us to contribute to making the world a better place. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2021!
We look forward to continuing our efforts on inclusive innovation in low and middle income countries and doing that collaboratively with all of you. We will further scale up our innovations in construction, the protein transition and mother and child care. We are still looking for entrepreneurs who will launch these innovations in their local markets and investors who can financially support those innovators.
Beside the running trajectories, we are working on digitalization of food chains, circular economy action plans, on valorization of waste plastics, on application of biodegradable plastics, on renewable energy technologies and on collaborative business models. All these system innovations will boost entrepreneurship, employability, income generation for youth and women and it will create access to basic services for low-income groups.
Let's make 2021 a great year together!
About three times a year we let you know about our newest activities