The many oxymorons of innovation management

Delegates at an innovation conference in London introduce a new aid information platform. Photo by: Russell Watkins / DFID / CC BY

In Tajikistan, teams are slathering an inventive mulberry-based solution on walls to earthquake-proof homes. Meanwhile, health care professionals in Kenya are accessing ZiDi, a mobile application offering real-time access to health data. In Africa and Southeast Asia, teams are training rats to safely and inexpensively detect post-conflict land mines.

Development organizations, private sector companies, humanitarian groups and individuals — whether through established “labs” or in response to an emergency — are innovating every day to meet the needs of the communities or clients they serve. So much, in fact, that innovation can become slippery and hard to manage.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.