We recognise by unleashing people’s creativity they can help provide sustainable solutions for people living in developing countries.
Innovation can be valuable if a problem can be correctly identified, and subsequently supported by the development of an effective solution. However, innovation is at its most valuable when it can be effectively implemented and then scaled for maximum impact. It is also important to consider an innovation ecosystem, or lack off, is hugely influential and can either be a barrier or enabler to innovation.
We take a holistic approach; supporting our clients to assess their needs and subsequently aid them to identify how innovation can enable them to achieve their goals. We support clients and individuals to be more innovative in addition to; promoting, co-creating and enabling innovation.
We work with donors, multi-national corporations, the public sector, entrepreneurs and micro small and medium enterprises to effectively utilise innovation and to achieve development impact.
Our approach is to work across the innovation process ensuring the innovation improves people’s livelihoods. Specifically, this includes:
IMC provides a range of services designed to promote and implement innovation within vulnerable and isolated rural communities, including;
Global: Evaluation Management Unit, Amplify
IMC has been appointed as the Evaluation Management Unit for the Department for International Development (DFID), funded Open Innovation for Development Programme (Amplify). Key objectives of the independent evaluation are both to understand the effectiveness of Amplify’s model in terms of its structure and approach, its combination of funding and technical assistance and its ability to attract new actors into the creation of solutions for development; and to identify the impact of the programme’s solutions on people, particularly the poor.
The evaluation will take a three tiered approach assessing the: development funding model; the solutions generated against the challenge and alternative solutions; and, the impact of final solution on end users. Key services include the design of an evaluation design, including elaboration of the theory of change, logframe, review and finalisation of evaluation questions. Data collection will include reviewing routine monitoring data, counterfactual data, key informant interviews and the use of challenge case studies.
Global: Ideas to Impact, DfID
IMC is leading the implementation of DfID’s global 5-year Innovation Prizes programme working in collaboration with Innocentive, GVEP, ITAD and IDS. The programme is launching a variety of innovation prizes designed to stimulate and incentivise research to develop and deploy technologies for low-income consumers that will improve poor people’s access to affordable clean energy, safe drinking water and resilience to climate change. In so doing, it will incentivise the involvement of the private sector and promote innovation that directly benefits low-income households.
South Asia, Africa: Connect to grow, DfID
Connect to Grow is a three year, £3.1m component with the purpose of brokering partnerships and implementing scalable pilot projects between Indian and developing country enterprises, to diffuse innovation in the Agri-Food and Health Sectors. The end goal is that of the pilot projects which are implemented, will result in scalable proofs of concept. This programme is the first of its kind, testing the potential for south-south transfer through cross-country partnerships.
IMC will develop a matchmaking platform, whereby established enterprises in India and enterprises in South Asia and Africa connect and access bespoke financial and technical assistance to support the creation of the partnership and implementation of the pilot venture. IMC will design, implement and manage this matchmaking platform-competitive grant fund hybrid, along with our core team of partners.
Global: Public Sector Governance Innovation, OECD
IMC worked closely with the OECD Observatory of Public Section Innovation (OPSI) which systematically collects, categorises, analyses and shares innovative practices across the public sector via an online interactive database. The objective of this assignment was to identify innovation in governance reform programmes and to explore options for possible replicability. The study focused on: sub-national governance reform, reforms aimed at improving accountability in the public sector, and anti-corruption initiatives. IMC produced a ‘Guide to Innovation’ that summarised general principles for good governance and a policy brief on supporting innovative practices.