Innovation for development

TNO innovates in developing and emerging countries. With technical know-how we develop and launch new products and services with a sustainable business model in the field of health, food, construction materials, circular economy and ICT. Our system innovations increase the perspective of vulnerable groups and create business propositions for local and European companies in underserved consumer markets. We frame this impact on the SDG’s.

global challenges

The tremendous increase of the world population to 9 billion in 2040 in combination with a growing level of wealth and consumption will cause scarcity of natural resources. We do need 70% more food and we need more energy and biomass to produce all the required goods. The two billion people living below poverty level will be affected first by scarcities. Infrastructure is now stretched beyond limits and innovation is needed to facilitate sustainable development.

Inclusive innovation

With the innovative power of 3,200 experts TNO develops new products and services matching the needs of low-income groups. With technical know-how we develop new products and services with a sustainable business model in the field of health, food, construction materials, circular economy and ICT. In close collaboration with private and public partners, we launch these products in the local market and realize integrated system innovations. TNO offers technical assistance, transition management of value chains and business modelling.

partnerships

We work with an extensive network of partners from private sector, NGO’s, governments and social impact investors in Europe, (Eastern) Africa and Asia. If you are interested to join forces; please contact us!

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Reaching impact on SDG’s

Our innovations boost local entrepreneurship, employability and access to affordable basic services for most vulnerable people. It utilizes the unspent local production capacities, increases the perspective of local people and creates business propositions for local and European companies in underserved consumer markets.

In each project we frame our impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These global goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. We map outputs, outcomes and where possible the realized or envisioned impact. 

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TNO will scale up innovations in developing countries

23 January 2019
Through Innovation for Development, TNO will enhance business opportunities and employability for local and Dutch companies in developing countries. This in turn will increase the effects of the Sustainable... Read more
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A healthy start for Surinamese babies from teenage parents

19 June 2018
Together with partners in the Netherlands and Suriname, TNO and Perisur developed an interactive educational program for teenagers focusing on a healthy start for babies including planning a pregnancy... Read more
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Reducing food wastage in India

18 June 2018
No less than 40% of the harvest withers away before it can reach the supermarket shelves in the Indian cities. FoodTechIndia reduces food wastage through the establishment of an improved supply and cold... Read more
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Rwanda Biomass Valorisation Center

13 June 2018
TNO is exploring the feasibility of a biomass valorization center in Rwanda. The study aims to get an overview of existing bio-waste volumes, market demand for bio-based products and linking possible in-... Read more
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Combatting youth unemployment in South Africa

12 June 2018
In the Johannesburg region unemployment rates have increased to over 50%. Unemployment may have long term detrimental effects on health and societal inclusion, especially among young people. To better... Read more

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