Innovation, at its core, is about doing business differently. Innovation might include products, services, processes, business models, and technologies; creating value primarily through social impact as well as commercial gains. Yet not all innovations work, and not all innovations that work do so at scale – especially in the arid-to-semi-arid lands, and even more so fragile and conflict-affected areas.
This white paper introduces the context and objectives of the GLF Africa digital conference session “Innovative solutions to strengthen resilience in the drylands“. The session will present the landscape of innovations in drylands and conflict-affected countries in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel; benchmark success factors for innovations to have impact; as well as discuss opportunities and challenges of sustainably scaling innovations.