[Blueboard] Ateneo leads Southeast Asian innovation network of universities and councils

Grace Santos purplegracie at gmail.com
Mon Jul 23 14:17:53 PHT 2012

Supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre, the Ateneo
School of Government, in partnership with the National Research Council of
the Philippines, is formally launching the *Universities and Councils
Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia
(UNIID-SEA) Project *on *July 26, 2012* at the *Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo
de Manila University, Philippines*. This event will be a gathering of
officials and executives from notable academic institutions and national
research councils in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and

Teaming up with universities and national research councils in Southeast
Asia, UNIID-SEA is promoting programs that support innovation for inclusive
development (IID). IID is loosely defined as innovation that reduces
poverty and enables all groups of people, especially the poor and
marginalized, to participate in decision-making, create and actualize
opportunities, and share the benefits of development.

In the next two years, UNIID-SEA, together with partner universities and
research councils, will develop platforms for open learning and knowledge
sharing; create opportunities for innovation, collaboration and partnership
between these institutions and local communities; and craft policy inputs
that will help further IID within countries and in Southeast Asia.

Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, President of the Ateneo de Manila University, and
Hon. Mario Montejo, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology
of the Philippines, will grace the event. Key university initiatives, such
as the development of pilot courses and co-hosting of faculty-student
conferences on IID, will be presented.

*Sharing new pathways out of poverty*

The program also includes the public presentation of the book entitled
“Pathways Out of Poverty: Innovating with the BoP in Southeast Asia”. This
book is a collection of stories that uncovers how organizations and
communities at the base of the pyramid (BoP) co-develop technologies and
approaches to solve a specific poverty issue or need. The stories are based
on the research projects conducted by 25 organizations under the iBoP Asia
Project. iBoP Asia (www.ibopasia.net) is the popular name of the Science
and Technology Innovations for the Base of the Pyramid in Southeast Asia
Project that was supported by IDRC from 2008-2011, which focused on the
prototyping, pilot testing or assessment of S&T-based innovations for the
BoP. Copies of the book will be made available during the event.

For more information, please visit www.uniid-sea.com and our Facebook page,
www.facebook.com/UNIIDSEA, or contact Dana de Guzman, communications
associate, at danadeguzman.uniid at gmail.com, and Kris Torres at
kristorres at uniid@gmail.com, project associate.

Grace Santos
iBoP Asia Project
Ateneo School of Government
+632 426 6001 loc. 4639
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