Innovation for development

TNO innovates in developing and emerging countries. With technical know-how we develop and launch new products and services with a sustainable business model in the field of health, food, construction materials, circular economy and ICT. Our system innovations increase the perspective of vulnerable groups and create business propositions for local and European companies in underserved consumer markets. We frame this impact on the SDG’s.

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global challenges

The tremendous increase of the world population to 9 billion in 2040 in combination with a growing level of wealth and consumption will cause scarcity of natural resources. We do need 70% more food and we need more energy and biomass to produce all the required goods. The two billion people living below poverty level will be affected first by scarcities. Infrastructure is now stretched beyond limits and innovation is needed to facilitate sustainable development.

Inclusive innovation

With the innovative power of 3,200 experts TNO develops new products and services matching the needs of low-income groups. With technical know-how we develop new products and services with a sustainable business model in the field of health, food, construction materials, circular economy and ICT. In close collaboration with private and public partners, we launch these products in the local market and realize integrated system innovations. TNO offers technical assistance, transition management of value chains and business modelling.

partnerships

We work with an extensive network of partners from private sector, NGO’s, governments and social impact investors in Europe, (Eastern) Africa and Asia. If you are interested to join forces; please contact us!

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Reaching impact on SDG’s

Our innovations boost local entrepreneurship, employability and access to affordable basic services for most vulnerable people. It utilizes the unspent local production capacities, increases the perspective of local people and creates business propositions for local and European companies in underserved consumer markets.

In each project we frame our impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These global goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. We map outputs, outcomes and where possible the realized or envisioned impact. 

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Boosting affordable housing with cementless blocks

16 January 2020
The market demand for construction materials is tremendous in developing countries due to a growing population. To tackle the disadvantages of hollow concrete blocks and burnt bricks Oskam , LEVS and... Read more
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Creating solutions to tackle Africa’s youth unemployment

10 December 2019
Today, youth unemployment is one of the most pressing challenges in Africa. According to the World Bank, youths make up 60% of all of Africa’s unemployed. Over the next three decades, about 15 to 20 million... Read more
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Innovative project for traumatised children in South Sudan

05 December 2019
TNO and the organisations Help a Child and War Trauma Foundation will be supporting children and their parents in South Sudanese refugee camps, helping them cope with psychosocial traumas by making buddy’s... Read more
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A fair start for 1 million more children

22 November 2019
TNO is working hard on its mission to improve child health and wellbeing in developing countries with an ambitious five-year plan aimed at 1 million children. As business developer at TNO, Roelinde Bakker... Read more
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Producing crickets for food is viable in Burundi

14 November 2019
The Flying Food initiative promotes crickets as human food. After setting up a cricket value chain in Kenya and Uganda, other East African countries began to show interest. A feasibility study was recently... Read more

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