Foreword

Foreword

The challenges that we face in the 21st century have forced us to rethink the development paradigms and models of the twentieth-century and question their relevance. Rapid urbanization, climate change, growing inequalities, the deteriorating environment and the many other challenges that we face now oblige us to evolve new responses and strategies. Innovation and institutional reform for sustainable development will be a key-strategy.

Rising as a counterpoint to today's challenges, we see deeply transformative and hope-inspiring new models and technologies, such as green tech, nanotech, and digital technologies emerging; we also see new institutions, transformative changes in our economies and polities, and new production and consumption patterns. These innovations are changing our economies, our relationship to the environment, and our way of living together. Only creative capacity, flexibility, and a certain audacity can create the innovative solutions that we need to overcome today's challenges. We believe that innovation will assume its central place among the tools and action-oriented methods that will drive the post-2015 international sustainable development agenda. Changes in lifestyles would also be an important part of solutions that cannot be ignored much longer.

To give concrete shape to the concept of innovation, AFD, Iddri and TERI called on their vast network of renowned experts and scholars from across the world to share their analyses, critically examine the different dimension of innovation and its role in promoting and supporting sustainable development.

Our three organizations hold stakes in this endeavour to promote innovation across the globe to meet local, regional and international challenges. We present this volume as part of our effort to think about and build tools for today and for the future, and encourage development to take place in an environmentally friendly, more open and collaborative fashion. This book, we hope, will inspire readers to look at innovation as a key strategy to hasten sustainable development.