Centre for Frugal Innovation Africa

Centre for Frugal Innovation Africa

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) is an academic research centre focused on frugal innovation. CFIA investigates how frugal innovations and technologies contribute to poverty reduction, inclusive development and sustainable outcomes. The centre was founded in 2013 as one of the LDE strategic alliances. Through innovative and outstanding teaching and research, CFIA seeks to contribute towards understanding and solving the major and complex social issues of our time by connecting science and society focused on frugal innovation. CFIA works with the academic community, societal partners and government to form a basis for further academic and public-private partnerships. Currently CFIA focuses on projects within the water-energy-food nexus and sectors like health and ICT.

Considering the overlap in mission and vision of the two centres, PrC became one of the strategic partners of CFIA. More specifically, from March 2019 onwards the PrC hosts the CFIA domain agro-food. In this role the PrC works with CFIA to a) conduct academic research on subjects that are of interest to both centres; b) acquire further funding in this domain; c) develop and further strengthen a viable network.