Who we are

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) is 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


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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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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