Innovation for the base of the pyramid: Critical perspectives from development studies on heterogeneity and participation

Arora, Saurabh and Romijn, Henny (2009). Innovation for the base of the pyramid: Critical perspectives from development studies on heterogeneity and participation. UNU-MERIT.

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    Author Arora, Saurabh
    Romijn, Henny
    Title Innovation for the base of the pyramid: Critical perspectives from development studies on heterogeneity and participation
    Publication Date 2009
    Place of Publication Maastricht, NL
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Pages 39
    Abstract This article criticises current BoP approaches for under-appreciating two issues that play vital roles in projects targeting the poor at the BoP: heterogeneity among the poor, and the intricacies of participatory partnerships between TNCs, the non-profit sector (NGOs) and local poor communities in the global south. Our main contention is that the extant BoP literature has a naïve view of what working with the poor really involves, which grossly underestimates adverse power relationships and disregards the hierarchies between the poor and outsiders who administer development interventions. To unpack the hidden complexities associated with heterogeneity and partnership dynamics, we draw on extensive knowledge from the field of development studies, which has accumulated key insights about working in and with poorer communities over several decades.
    Keyword Innovation and development
    Participation
    Poverty alleviation
    TNCs
    JEL I30
    M14
    O19
    O31
    O32
    Z10
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2009
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 18719872
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