This pioneering Handbook details the origins of the concept of frugal innovation, its emergence as an academic field of interest, and the main driving forces behind it. The book presents new empirical evidence and critical perspectives on what frugal innovation entails, from disciplines such as science and engineering, humanities, and social sciences. This title contains one or more Open Access chapters.
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Foreword by David Brindle
In the face of major global demographic change, social care policy and practice are
in urgent need of radical reform and reassessment. Rising poverty, inequality and
pressure on local communities internationally, are also increasing the urgent need
for reform. Drawing on the crisis-ridden UK experience as a case-study, this highly
original book identifies the limits of the traditional welfare state in taking
forward policy for the twenty-first century. The proposals amount to a renewed
approach to social care, based on the philosophy of independent living as originally
developed by the international disabled people’s movement and subsequently embodied
in a United Nations treaty applicable to all in need of care and support. Despite
wide international sign up since adoption in 2008 there is little evidence of any
nation successfully delivering. For the first time, this book offers both a
blueprint for an environmentally sustainable, rights-based approach to social care
and a practical route to achieving it.
As the world population increases, food security is a major global issue. This book
provides an in-depth examination of the three necessary conditions for the
achievement of food security: (1) availability of food; (2) adequate incomes and (3)
increasing agricultural productivity. The author draws lessons from history,
explores these three conditions and discusses the prospect of feeding an expected
nine billion people in 2050.
Covering pertinent areas of sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) this forward-looking book examines SRI in developing markets including its evolution, principles and concepts. It explores the drivers and challenges in developing economies and analyses the theoretical underpinnings to critical issues pertaining to SRI.
COVID-19 and the Response of Central Banks analyses the reactions of central banks to the COVID-19 crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. It focuses on how the pandemic has affected the economic performance of Sub-Saharan African countries, many of which were already struggling with growth and sustainability. The first part of the book covers countries within monetary unions such as Cameroon, Congo, Senegal, and Cote d'Ivoire. In the second half, countries with their own independent central banks, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, and Sierra Leone, are discussed. Chapters highlights the differences between Monetary Union membership and independent Central Banks in policymaking during health crises and explore the role of central banking in minimizing the deleterious effects.
Encompassing chapters that address both unidimensional and multidimensional poverty, this timely Research Handbook explores all aspects of poverty and deprivation measurement, not only detailing broad issues but also scrutinising specific domains and aspects of poverty, such as health, energy and housing. Its succinct and highly focussed chapters, written by a diverse range of authors, employ a combination of theoretical and empirical methodologies to offer well-rounded explorations of complex topics.
This timely Handbook collates a range of evidence from top scholars in the field to help readers understand who microfinance reaches, how it helps, and why clients come back. It offers updated views on important concepts that enable a broader framework for understanding poverty and the corresponding financial needs of poor households.
In light of the tremendous growth of frugal product and process innovations in emerging markets and Northern economies, this book offers a clear understanding of this new direction of technological change with a Schumpeterian analytical frame. Characterising frugal innovation as a new technological paradigm, it illuminates the relationship between frugality and sustainability.
This book focuses on the recent trends of monetary policy in Latin America. It analyzes how the actions of central banks and the monetary regimes of some Latin American countries have affected the economic performance of these countries, mainly in response to the international financial crisis (IFC) and COVID-19 crisis.
Foreign Exchange Constraint and Developing Economies addresses the complex nature of foreign exchange constraint for macroeconomic and social development. The book collects expertise and perspectives from a diverse set of contributions. Using a combination of innovative theoretical and empirical approaches, the book suggests several analytical frameworks to help advance academic research and policy work on foreign exchange and sustainable development.