About us

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) is an academic research centre focused on frugal innovation. Technological and research projects are used to investigate the development of scientifically sound frameworks leading to more a effective use of frugal innovations and technologies. In addition, through teaching and consulting, knowledge on frugal innovation is exchanged.

Who we are and what we do...

CFIA investigates how frugal innovations and technologies contributes to poverty reduction, inclusive development and sustainable outcomes. Our ambition is to be the multidisciplinary hub on developing, synthesizing and sharing knowledge on this topic. In this way, we focus on addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
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CFIA combines the development of theoretical frameworks with projects in the field in collaboration with Dutch, multinational,  African and other international partners. Throughout the years the CFIA research group has grown into a multidisciplinary community from all around the world working together on developing a better understanding of the implications of frugal innovation. 
Meet our team and partners

CFIA focuses on several topics on frugal innovation and generates multiple projects with a dual objective: developing functional, marketable innovations and providing input for theories concerning frugal innovation and global development. Learn more about frugal innovation and technology and what they mean in addressing contemporary global challenges.
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Complex social issues ask for a multi- and interdisciplinary approach. As such, we combine the best knowledge and research of three top-ranking universities. Their quality, complementarity and physical closeness offer unique opportunities for intensive structural collaboration and focus on Technology, Entrepreneurship and Development.
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