New Global project manager Sara Lindeman was invited to a panel to comment the report on the state of Finnish Development policy in 2017.
Sara emphasised that in order to create business that decreases poverty we should be able to create businesses and markets – rather that wait for them to be created – that combine economic and development goals. This requires new kinds of structures and financing tools. Sara also brought up the lack of innovation strategy in the report. For instance digitalization should be seen as a strategic issue in development.
Kari-Pekka Murtonen from Kepa brought up the same theme: innovations are spreading both ways. Tanzania is the first country that has been able to integrate all mobile paying and India is developing high quality healthcare for the fraction of the prices here. These developments will change lives in Finland as well.
More information (in Finnish).