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Who we are

The Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa is part of the strategic alliance between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. We study frugal innovation in relation to economic transformation to find out where and when frugal innovation is capable of positively influencing the lives of people at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP).

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What we do

The CFIA studies frugal innovations in relation to economic transformation in Africa. Our aim is to identify the conditions under which frugal innovations are more likely to improve the lives of consumers and producers at the Middle and Bottom of the Pyramid. Together with partner institutes in Africa, the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa is particularly well suited to successfully develop a more integrated and interdisciplinary approach to frugal innovations as it combines key complementary strengths of the three founding universities and the theoretical and practical expertise that is widely available in African research institutes and businesses.

Meet the team

The Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa was founded by Cees van Beers, Peter Knorringa and André Leliveld. Over the years they had been cooperating on the topic of innovation in Africa informally, but in 2013 the start of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus strategic alliance offered the opportunity to formalize the cooperation in a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus research centre, combining expertise of the three universities in a truly multidisciplinary collaboration.

Throughout the years, the team has been extended with PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, senior researchers within the three universities and support staff. Meet all of them below: