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Innovation for a Better World


Topic of this event: Digitalization: Technology in service of impact

Sub-topics: Digitalization & technology; industry, innovation & infrastructure; ICT & software.

Frugal innovations rely on a “do more with less” approach to provide high-quality, resource-light and affordable products and services in response to the specific needs of a target group. When designed effectively, frugal innovations can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by addressing issues that are often underserved by markets and institutions, through resource-efficient solutions that are affordable and easily available to a large number of people.

Gaining a deep understanding of the issue at hand is an essential and complex aspect of developing successful frugal innovations. To tackle this challenge, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) have teamed up to explore how to best support projects that aim to address a problem through frugal innovation.

Their joint project “Innovation for a Better World – Advanced Solutions for Sustainable Development” looks into the feasibility and implementation possibilities of a new funding scheme for frugal innovation in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia). It consists of a year-long series of workshops investigating and prototyping collaborations between organizations from Austria and the Western Balkans that contribute to the SDGs through projects inspired by the principles of frugal innovation.

Go to this page to see the project overview. 

Apply to Join the Online Workshops

Would you like to learn more about the project directly from representatives of ADA and FFG, present your project idea and network with potential partners? Join one of the three virtual workshops – October 8th 2020, October 29th 2020, or November 19th 2020.

Each workshop is structured around a guiding theme that was selected following interviews with stakeholders from the Western Balkans, but welcomes participants from any sector and impact topic. Invitations to join the events will be sent following a short application and selection process.


Visit this page for information on why you should join the workshops, project details, as well as important deadlines. 

Successful frugal innovations are built on a profound understanding of the problem they are trying to solve, and on collaborative approaches to finding solutions. The online workshops support individuals and organizations who would like to tackle a problem through frugal innovation to navigate these complex processes.

Date and Time

Thu, 19 November 2020,14:0016:00 CET




Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG)
Impact Hub Vienna