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Background 

The scope and ambition of development cooperation go well beyond what the public sector can achieve alone. A broad set of stakeholders in the international community – governments, academia, civil society organizations, and the private sector – have critical roles in inclusive and sustainable development, with their sharing of knowledge ever more important.


The Center for International Development (CID) at Korea Development Institute (KDI) is hosting the first KDI Global Forum on Development Cooperation which aims to foster dialogue among diverse actors to share knowledge and best practices of development cooperation. The Forum on ‘Innovation for Development’ will bring together research results and practices addressing innovation for sustainable growth in developing economies.


With offline gatherings made difficult amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held in an online-offline hybrid format. The virtual dialogue and discussion will provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, and businesses of the global society, to discuss the role of innovation as an important driver of sustainable development. At the same time, the changing context brings with it opportunities to seek technology-enabled and innovative approaches for sharing knowledge and strengthening partnerships going forward.

Themes & Topics

Given that innovation is a key driver for productivity and long-term growth, there is a growing global consensus that innovation and technology need not be the sole province of advanced economies. Advancements in science and technology are important drivers of economic growth and have the potential to help developing economies leapfrog stages of development.


The role of innovation in international development will be discussed from the perspectives of three key enablers of innovation and economic development—firms, technologies, and cities.


  • Firms are a key driver of innovation and increased productivity. The contributions of their business activities in development arena have evolved from corporate social responsibilities to creating shared values. Integration in global value chains is also regarded as a comprehensive and effective framework in which both developing and developed countries can benefit from enhanced productivity through advanced technologies and efficient supply management.
  • Technology is a powerful means as well as an outcome of innovation. While not all innovation involves technology, technology is often used to implement innovation, and innovative processes often entail technological innovation. Technological advancements are essential for economic growth and are major determinants of long-term improvements in income and living standards.
  • Cities provide the optimal environment for the emergence of innovative firms and the development of innovative ideas and products. Cities also serve as a physical space in which innovation-led development benefits are enjoyed by individuals.
Organizer 

This event is organized by the Center for International Development (CID) at Korea Development Institute (KDI). Since its establishment in 1971, KDI has significantly contributed to the formulation of Korea’s economic policies and development cooperation strategies. Korea’s experience of social and economic development has been widely recognized as invaluable asset relevant and applicable to developing countries and the broader international community. To share Korea’s knowledge and insights, KDI initiated Korea’s development cooperation effort by launching the International Development Exchange Program (IDEP) in 1982. The knowledge sharing activities were later developed into and rebranded as the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) in 2004, with KDI playing a key role.


Along the way, KDI established CID in 2010 to strengthen its expertise and enhance the effectiveness of its development cooperation operations. CID has conducted numerous knowledge sharing and capacity building projects by offering customized analytical and advisory services to development agencies, partner governments, institutions, and the private sector. CID expands KDI’s comprehensive research outcomes by aligning them with diverse socio-economic contexts of different partner countries and maximizes the development impact through global partnership.


Such efforts have been acknowledged internationally, as in the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2020, KDI was awarded the ‘Center of Excellence’ title for having been the top ranker in the international development category for three consecutive years.

Background 

The scope and ambition of development cooperation go well beyond what the public sector can achieve alone. A broad set of stakeholders in the international community – governments, academia, civil society organizations, and the private sector – have critical roles in inclusive and sustainable development, with their sharing of knowledge ever more important.


The Center for International Development (CID) at Korea Development Institute (KDI) is hosting the first KDI Global Forum on Development Cooperation which aims to foster dialogue among diverse actors to share knowledge and best practices of development cooperation. The Forum on ‘Innovation for Development’ will bring together research results and practices addressing innovation for sustainable growth in developing economies.


With offline gatherings made difficult amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held in an online-offline hybrid format. The virtual dialogue and discussion will provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, and businesses of the global society, to discuss the role of innovation as an important driver of sustainable development. At the same time, the changing context brings with it opportunities to seek technology-enabled and innovative approaches for sharing knowledge and strengthening partnerships going forward.

Themes & Topics

Given that innovation is a key driver for productivity and long-term growth, there is a growing global consensus that innovation and technology need not be the sole province of advanced economies. Advancements in science and technology are important drivers of economic growth and have the potential to help developing economies leapfrog stages of development.


The role of innovation in international development will be discussed from the perspectives of three key enablers of innovation and economic development—firms, technologies, and cities.


  • Firms are a key driver of innovation and increased productivity. The contributions of their business activities in development arena have evolved from corporate social responsibilities to creating shared values. Integration in global value chains is also regarded as a comprehensive and effective framework in which both developing and developed countries can benefit from enhanced productivity through advanced technologies and efficient supply management.
  • Technology is a powerful means as well as an outcome of innovation. While not all innovation involves technology, technology is often used to implement innovation, and innovative processes often entail technological innovation. Technological advancements are essential for economic growth and are major determinants of long-term improvements in income and living standards.
  • Cities provide the optimal environment for the emergence of innovative firms and the development of innovative ideas and products. Cities also serve as a physical space in which innovation-led development benefits are enjoyed by individuals.
Organizer 

This event is organized by the Center for International Development (CID) at Korea Development Institute (KDI). Since its establishment in 1971, KDI has significantly contributed to the formulation of Korea’s economic policies and development cooperation strategies. Korea’s experience of social and economic development has been widely recognized as invaluable asset relevant and applicable to developing countries and the broader international community. To share Korea’s knowledge and insights, KDI initiated Korea’s development cooperation effort by launching the International Development Exchange Program (IDEP) in 1982. The knowledge sharing activities were later developed into and rebranded as the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) in 2004, with KDI playing a key role.


Along the way, KDI established CID in 2010 to strengthen its expertise and enhance the effectiveness of its development cooperation operations. CID has conducted numerous knowledge sharing and capacity building projects by offering customized analytical and advisory services to development agencies, partner governments, institutions, and the private sector. CID expands KDI’s comprehensive research outcomes by aligning them with diverse socio-economic contexts of different partner countries and maximizes the development impact through global partnership.


Such efforts have been acknowledged internationally, as in the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2020, KDI was awarded the ‘Center of Excellence’ title for having been the top ranker in the international development category for three consecutive years.

Center for International Development (CID)

Korea Development Institute (KDI)

Address. 263 Namsejong-ro, Sejong-si, 30149, Republic of Korea

Tel. +82-44-550-4237  ㅣ  E-mail. kdicidforum@kdi.re.kr


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Center for International Development (CID)

Korea Development Institute (KDI)

Address. 263 Namsejong-ro, Sejong-si, 30149, Republic of Korea

Tel. +82-44-550-4237

E-mail. kdicidforum@kdi.re.kr


Copyright. KDI Global Forum on Development Cooperation.All Rights Reserved