Chopped by Elizabeth Oduor
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Various groups in the society should be merged to ensure great innovations post COVID-19.


Grassroots innovation is a modality of inclusive innovation that enables affordable, niche-adapted solutions developed by members of informal sector at community level, like farmers, artisans, workers, mechanics, children etc., to address unmet needs or local problems, often unaided by public sector or actors in the formal sector, including firms, science and technological institutions, and non-governmental organisations.

As a bottom-up approach, grassroots innovation converts the ideas and innovations of knowledge-rich but economically poor individuals and communities into viable means of raising income, addressing social needs, and conserving the environment. In a context of growing income disparity and, especially, economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, every effort should be made to promote grassroots innovation.

A variety of policies and strategies of the public sector can serve the emergence, recognition, and diffusion of grassroots innovations. It also involves providing policymakers with suggestions on how to promote the grassroots innovations, and exchange the experience of practitioners within and across the national borders.

Chopped by

Elizabeth Oduor