Developing Economies

Issues relating to IT and innovation for development or in developing countries.

How Data and Analytics Can Help the Developing World

July 22, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Projects spanning big and small data, from complex approaches for modeling disease diffusion to simple analyses enabled by newly open government data, are now being utilized by international organizations such as the United Nations and numerous countries to improve the lives of citizens in the developing world. These activities can enhance quality of life while also advancing public health, public safety, government services, and agricultural development.

It’s Not Too Late for India’s New Beginning

July 22, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party won election in part on campaign pledges to improve the environment for doing business in India, in part by improving India's intellectual property environment. Yet foreign developers of innovative life sciences products continue to face challenges securing intellectual property rights in India, including with regard to compulsory licenses, patent denials, and patent revocations. Meanwhile, India has fallen to 134th in the World Bank's Doing Business Index and to 76th (from 62nd in 2011) in INSEAD's Global Innovation Index. This is a reflection of Indian policies in recent years that have focused more on advantaging domestic producers at the expense of foreign competitors as opposed to boosting the innovation capacity of India’s own entrepreneurs, businesses, and industries. While it's still early in Modi's tenure, and there are some positive signs of prog ress, if India is to become a robust 21st-century economy it must renounce the tried-and-failed innovation mercantilist policies of the past and instead embrace core tenets of free and competitive markets, open and non-discriminatory trade, protections for innovators' intellectual property, and openness to flows of goods, technology, capital, and people. 

Modi Should Foster Innovation Climate to Transform India

June 16, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

To address India’s stagnant economic growth and promote a globally competitive environment, new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should reject innovation mercantilist policies and focus on an across-the-board productivity growth strategy based on innovation. This includes overhauling the country's IP laws and embracing opportunities to expand free trade.

India at the Crossroads of Opportunity

May 30, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

At an event on Capitol Hill, which featured Congressman Ami Bera, ITIF discussed proposals designed to boost Indian productivity and innovation based on its report, The Indian Economy at a Crossroads.

An Alternative to Mercantilism: Manufacturing Extension Services in Latin American and Caribbean Countries

November 12, 2013
| Reports

A growing number of Latin American nations are turning to "innovation mercantilist" practices to grow their economic sectors, including manufacturing. Yet, an alternative approach, enhancing innovation among manufacturers, particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), is actually much more effective in spurring sustainable growth. This report benchmarks SME manufacturing extension services in eight Latin American and Caribbean countries and highlights best practices in bolstering manufacturing productivity, innovation, and export potential. The report also provides a comprehensive impact analysis of manufacturing extension services in both developed and developing countries, finding that such programs have achieved significant impacts in bolstering competitiveness.

Thoughts from ITIF Event on Cloud Computing in Developing Economies

November 9, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

A recap of the event with Peter Cowhey and Michael Kleeman of UC San Diego on the impact of cloud computing on developing economies. Peter and Michael recently completed a three country study that examined how cloud computing is changing how businesses and government work in India, Mexico and South Africa. In particular, they noted the important role of cloud computing in creating high value-added commerce, strengthening small and medium enterprises, and promoting job growth in developing economies by leveling the playing field for technology suppliers in the Global South.

The Impact of Cloud Computing on Developing Economies

November 8, 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A
Washington
District of Columbia
20005

While there has been much discussion about the impact of cloud computing in developed countries, there has been little research on the impact that this will have on developing countries. In a new report, Peter F. Read more »

The Impact of Cloud Computing on Developing Economies

November 8, 2012
A panel discussion with Peter Cowhey on the growth of cloud computing, its impact on developing economies, and the policies that governments should pursue to realize the benefits of cloud computing.

While there has been much discussion about the impact of cloud computing in developed countries, there has been little research on the impact that this will have on developing countries. In a new report, Peter F. Cowhey and Michael Kleeman (University of California San Diego) take an in-depth look at the impact that cloud computing will have on India, Mexico and South Africa given their respective policies, technologies, and resources. Read more »

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Today there are 220 million mobile subscriptions in Indonesia.

According to a new report from McKinsey Global Institute, in the next ten years Indonesia will be a major mobile and digital nation. Today there are 220 million mobile subscriptions in Indonesia. Despite the challenges the economy is facing, it is evident that the Internet and related technologies are becoming a central staple of this emerging economy. It's important the United States recognize the power Indonesia will have as the next emerging digital nation.

The Global Innovation Policy Index

March 8, 2012 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A
Washington
DC
20005

Countries worldwide are engaged in a fierce race for global innovation advantage. Read more »

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