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Scaling Innovation in the Developing World, Featuring the International Finance Corporation’s Makhtar Diop

If there was a silver lining in the pandemic, it was the role of innovation in saving lives and solving problems. What lessons can we learn from this experience that will help us nurture and scale innovation – particularly as we enter a new period of conflict, inequity, and uncertainty in the developing world? Makhtar Diop of the International Finance Corporation shared his insights and the potential he sees for public, private, and academic stakeholders to align their efforts and reimagine the future through innovation. After his presentation, Diop sat down with Michael Kremer, University Professor at the University of Chicago, for a conversation on scaling innovation in the developing world.

This event was part of the Development Innovation Lab’s (DIL) Innovation and Development Week on April 25 – 30, 2022, hosted by the Development Economics Center to inaugurate DIL. The week consisted of events focused on both development economic research and innovative solutions that address challenges faced in low- and lower-middle-income countries. For more visit

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