Innovation for development

TNO's Innovation for Development (I4D) program innovates in low- and middle income countries with the aim to improve the lives of 2 billion people living below poverty level (World Bank, 2021). In close collaboration with partners we develop and launch ground-breaking technologies and scale them up with a solid business model. Our inclusive innovations lead to entrepreneurship, employment and sustainable access to affordable services for most vulnerable groups. This is business with impact!

Innovation for sustainable development

Creating prosperity and security for all is of utmost importance. We must respond to high population growth, unemployment of youth, migration flows, climate change, scarcities of food and resources and the consequences of the COVID pandemic. The 2 billion people living below poverty level ($ 3,20 a day) in low- and middle income countries will be affected first. Infrastructure is now stretched beyond limits and innovation is needed to facilitate sustainable development.

To tackle these issues TNO develops technical and social innovations. We work with an extensive network of partners from private sector, government, knowledge institutes, NGO’s and social impact investors in Africa, Asia and Europe. TNO acts as knowledge partner and provides know-how on technology, business models and transition management. If you are interested to join forces; please contact us!

Contributing to sustainable development goals

Although we contribute to 13 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our main impact is at the following SDGs:

  • SDG 3 – Good health and well being
  • SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production

Currently, our inclusive innovations improve the lives of 300.000 people with low incomes. Steering on the market demand and pressing issues we focus on 6 propositions for low- and middle income countries.

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Annual TO2 Impact report 2021: TO2MORROW

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11 February 2022
Which innovative solutions contribute to a sustainable, clean, safe and secure future for the Netherlands? Read the full impact report of 2021.

Annual overview 2021: TNO in the media

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17 January 2022
A faster COVID test, rescuing drowning people with drones, circular plastics and solar cells on cars. Watch the video for all our innovations from 2021 >

Improving the health of mothers and newborns in Ghana

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1 December 2021
Currently, a consortium of 10 international partners, is studying how to implement ‘Group Care’ into 7 countries. In Group Care 8-12 women and their partners meet up during pregnancy and the first 2 years after birth for medical and psycho-social care, interactive learning and community building. We just went to Ghana, to train midwives and adapt the approach to the local context.

Digital, self-guided mental health program

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24 June 2021
Thaki and TNO aim to digitize ‘Build your own Buddy’, a psychosocial support program for children in high stress settings, to increase their resilience.

New technology centre to accelerate digital innovation with the power of light

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28 May 2021
TNO, PhotonDelta, TU Eindhoven and Universiteit Twente are going to collaborate in the new PITC to advance innovations with revolutionary chip technology.