Cases & Partners

Tightly connected to Aalto University’s research ecosystem, New Global works actively with several companies and other pioneering innovations in emerging markets. The project engages multiple stakeholders in the co-creation and aims to build up long-term collaboration. Hands-on work, facilitation, networking, involvement and empowerment, especially at community level in the target countries play a key role in the project.

New Global initiates, supports and develops new innovation processes


Corporation, Start-up, University
Nanomaji water filters in East Africa

In cooperation with Aalto University and Ahlstrom, Nanomaji has developed a technology-driven frugal filter product. The solution has potential to reduce the amount of charcoal used around the world for boiling water, being affordable for the base-of-pyramid markets, fitting the prevalent lifestyles and local ecosystems, and generating a sustainable profit.

Development cooperation platform for innovation:
Case forestry sector development in Tanzania

Panda Miti Kibiashara Private Forestry Programme (PFP), which is a collaborative organizational effort of the governments of Finland and Tanzania to advance the Tanzanian forestry sector and to promote positive
societal changes, such as reducing poverty. PFP¹s approach reflects new thinking about the developmental aid
as aims to actively integrate different actors and world views for the
benefit of inclusive forestry.


Local public sector process to innovation:
Case: planning urban densification in Stone Town city, Tanzania

The project responds to the challenging, rapid and widespread process of urban growth in developing countries. The focus is on maintaining the sense of home amongst the inhabitants in the fast transformation of informal settlements in the midst of urban development. It explores how emphatic design can help articulate the perception of home of the inhabitants. The purpose of the research is to contribute to design knowledge by developing action models that would result in aesthetic and culturally embedded housing that meets the densification needs of the fast growing cities while at the same time contributing to equity and social sustainability. 

Local private sector process to innovation:
Case: solar micro grids in rural India

New Global has supported a one-year-long research experiments in rural India where low voltage micro grids have been installed in seven rural habitations in north india. These pico-grids are installed by Boond which is is a social entreprise in India. Research results are currently being analysed and targeted to be published in 2017

New Global benchmarks innovation facilitation practices globally


Husk Power

Husk Power Systems is a rural empowerment enterprise operating in India. It focuses on inclusive rural development on the backbone of electric power. Unlike any other effort in the world, it aims at creating a self-sustaining ecosystem in the villages it serves, enabling economic development along with environmental protection, physical well-being and strengthening of the rural communities. New Global’s main research interest concerning Husk Power has been its financial development from grants to private capital.

Unicef Innovation

Unicef¹s Office of Innovation is a pioneer in the global facilitation of
local innovations in developing countries. Office of Innovation maintains
a worldwide network of innovation labs and centers through which it
brokers detailed information about local challenges and needs with the
facilitation of sustainable innovations. By linking top technologies and
best practices with poorest communities and local understanding Office of
Innovation increases the speed and transformative impact of new solutions.

Grundfos Lifelink

Operating in East Africa Grundfos Lifelink water solutions combine innovation in pump technology, revenue collection and water management with a network of servicepartners. To create a successful business model that ultimately provides sustainability in water supply, it is important to pay attention to every step in the value chain. The Grundfos Lifelink solution seeks to solve the missing link by enabling a continuous revenue stream to cover service and maintenance costs.