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Innovation for Economic Development (IFED)

Program Session(s):
October 8, 2017 - October 13, 2017

Application Deadline(s):
August 8, 2017

Program Fee:$8,500

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals. 

This program qualifies for an Executive Certificate.

Faculty Chair: Calestous Juma (@calestous)

Program Director: Mahlet Aklu
A recognized International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recertification program.

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Leaders in key decision-making roles around the world are paying increased attention to the role of technological innovation and institutional change in prosperity. To support these efforts, Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education offers Innovation for Economic Development, a program aimed at helping leaders design policies that enhance economic growth, global competitiveness, and environmental sustainability. The 2017 program focuses on the prospects of technological leapfrogging using case studies from emerging technologies. It examines the critical role that entrepreneurial universities play in the process of economic catch-up.

Led by a cadre of renowned authors, leading researchers, practitioners, and distinguished professors who are experts in their fields, the program examines strategies and measures for aligning technology, innovation and logistics trends with development policy objectives. Moreover, the program helps leaders design and implement innovation policies for economic development. Participants will emerge well equipped to apply global lessons and capitalize on technology developments in their own organizations, countries or regions. They will also join a global network of nearly 500 alumni of the program around the world.

Learning objectives

  • Explore the role of innovation systems, industrial clusters, logistics and infrastructure (especially transportation), engineering and technology in economic transformation
  • Examine the evolution and impact of emerging technologies in fields such as agriculture, health, services, and environmental management
  • Identify how entrepreneurial ecosystems contribute to economic transformation
  • Align technological developments with policy objectives
  • Design and implement innovation policies for economic development
  • Identify strategies for strengthening science and innovation advice as well as diplomacy

The program is led by Faculty Chair Calestous Juma (@calestous), Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and author of Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016) and The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2011). Click here to watch Professor Juma's latest panel discussion in conjunction with Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs entitled Innovation, Catch-up and Leapfrogging: Policy Implications for Emerging Economies. He was a member of the selection jury of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Professor Juma is currently writing a book on engineering for global development, and is a regular contributor on Harvard Kennedy School's Science, Technology, and Globalization blog.

“As a senior Minister of Government in a developing country, I apply what I learned at the Harvard Kennedy School to almost all aspects of my day to day work. The program was the quality you would expect from the world’s leading university, and though challenging, laid the foundation for me to develop a broader appreciation of how STI policy steers a country’s development and affects the lives of the people we represent. Together, the lecturers, the opportunity to network with high caliber participants from around the world and of course, the intellectual stimulation from just being within the Harvard community made this program one of my best investments to date.”

-Hon Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Jamaica


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