Who we are

At the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) we stand for cutting edge research and knowledge exchange through and with our multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary international network. Together with our partners we work on local projects with local partners.

We are an academic research centre and global network 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.

CFIA is a global research network, connecting researchers and practicioners from all over the world. CFIA is locally active in the following countries:

  • The Netherlands (Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Kenya & East Africa
  • India

Meet our team and partners

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. 

Team and partners

Mission and Strategy 2019-2024

For the period 2019 – 2024 our ambition is to further strengthen our position to become the global hub for frugal innovation research, education and engagement. We aim to intensify and expand collaborations with academics, students, policy makers, businesses and NGOs. Together we explore, develop, and share knowledge on frugal innovation.

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Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Alliance

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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