Centre for Global Challenges’ flagship project TIPC contributes to implementing Sustainable Development Goals in Colombia
Professor Johan Schot together with a team of researchers of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) and a number of Colombian partners, has contributed to a report of a high level national Expert Commission (Mision de Sabios). The Mision de Sabios report including the proposal by Schot et al for a national programme of experimentation was endorsed by Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez and MinCiencias, the new Colombian ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The entire report can be downloaded here.
In their report, Schot and his team emphasize the need for system change and transformative innovation, in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and tackle current global challenges, such as climate change and growing inequality. More specifically, they suggest a national innovation policy programme of experimentation with a strong regional focus, based on the key findings of the well-received publication Three Frames for Innovation Policy (Schot & Steinmueller, 2018).
To progress the implementation of made propositions, the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium, of which Professor Schot is the Academic Director, has started conversations with a wide range of universities across Colombia. Their efforts will be joined in a soon to be launched dedicated TIPC Latin America Hub under the lead of Dr Matias Ramirez of the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. This participatory approach to bridging academia and societal stakeholders by means of collaboration and experimentation resembles the mission of the Centre for Global Challenges perfectly.
For further insights and background information on Johan Schot’s work in Colombia, you can read this blog, written by Oscar Romero Goyeneche. How transformative innovation policy could contribute to tackling global health crises like COVID-19 is outlined further in the following statement.