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Innovating affordability for developing nations

Innovation has to respond to different levels of affluence around the globe. Only innovations that can be twisted and re-designed with local affordability in mind will be able to truly touch developing nations.

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One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)

This not-for-profit organisation provides rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptops to the world’s poorest children. These $100 laptops provide educational opportunities, connecting children to each other and a brighter future.

Read success stories from this initiative around the world:

Tata Nano

Another example of culturally responsive innovation is the $2000 Nano. It represents the viable option for the burgeoning Indian and Chinese auto markets. The carbon footprint of its manufacture and running is significantly limited by its no frills design.

As the Financial Times introduced "If ever there were a symbol of India’s ambitions to become a modern nation, it would surely be the Nano, the tiny car with the even tinier price-tag. A triumph of homegrown engineering, the Nano encapsulates the dream of millions of Indians groping for a shot at urban prosperity."

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Hello David,
I completely agree with you. I believe that this will be a great project to implement in the rural escuelitas (this is the name of the primary schools in the rural areas. Most of the kids have access to just primary school. The Colombia Coffee Federation build them in every vereda to make sure that all the kids have at list a basic education).