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.

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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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Effective communication based on cultural differences

01 July 2021
Effective communication is an important success factor in innovation trajectories with multiple stakeholders in low and middle income countries. For a project around circular economy in three countries... Read more
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Digital, self-guided mental health program

24 June 2021
‘Build your own Buddy’ (BoB) is a group-program for mental health and psychosocial support (MH-PSS) of children, with a parallel program for parents/caregivers, to increase their resilience. TNO is now... Read more
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Training professionals to boost clean energy in Indonesia

21 April 2021
The accelerating expansion of renewable energy capacity comes with significant business and job opportunities for those who are prepared. Politeknik Negeri Bali (PNB) and TNO are jointly developing a ‘Renewable... Read more
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Towards a circular e-waste infrastructure for Kenya

14 April 2021
Kenya has seen a significant increase in the consumption of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). Unfortunately, many EEE eventually ends up as waste since proper end-of-life processing infrastructure... Read more
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Build your own Buddy - mental health program in South Sudan

13 April 2021
In 2020 an innovative mental health program for pre-school children in South Sudan was developed by TNO in collaboration with Help a Child. Build your own Buddy (Bob) consists of a group-program for children... Read more

TNO and its social role
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Drs. Mathilde Miedema

  • Developing countries
  • Development Cooperation
  • Africa
  • Bangladesh
  • Inclusive Business

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