Innovation, at its core, is about doing business differently. Innovation might include products, services, processes, business models, and technologies; creating value primarily through social impact as well as commercial gains. Yet not all innovations work, and not all innovations that work do so at scale especially in the arid-to-semi-arid lands and fragile and conflict-affected areas. The goals of this session is to present the landscape of innovations in drylands and conflict-affected countries in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel; benchmark success factors for innovations to have impact; as well as discuss opportunities and challenges of sustainably scaling innovations.
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