Save the date: Dhaka to celebrate frugal innovations for youth this November

August 2, 2018

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We are excited to announce that Frugal Innovation Forum is going to take place from 7-8 November, with the spotlight on youth.

With 85% of young people in the Global South, the future is young!

Young people are the drivers of development, and now more than ever, we must ensure that they are ready to be their own leaders.

Registration for the forum will open on 12 August 2018.

Stay tuned for updates and share the news with your peers. Help us reach out to organisations and individuals that work on ideas to empower young people and create solutions that can be scaled up in the Global South.

This Frugal Innovation Forum, we will rethink and co-create solutions on the theme of ‘Scaling opportunities for youth’, and focus on:

  1. 21st century skills
  2. Impact of technology on youth
  3. Youth on the move

About FIF:

The Frugal Innovation Forum (FIF) is a platform for leaders from the Global South to connect and explore solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. Development practitioners, social entrepreneurs, activists, policy-makers, academics and changemakers collaborate to work towards impact at scale.

This year, we will explore innovations that can be scaled through hybrid partnerships, focusing on the theme of youth.

The Global South has an innate predisposition to what we call jugaad, or ‘frugal innovation’. These innovations allow adaptation and large-scale change with limited resources.

The conference will kickstart with an optional day-long field visit, followed by two days of compelling plenaries on disruptive models and solutions.

What makes FIF unique?

  • Organised by practitioners for practitioners
  • Field exposure and hands-on learning, with an emphasis on co-creation
  • Hosted by, and held in the birthplace of the #1 ranked NGO in the world

How can you get involved?

Join the conversation:

  • Nominate a speaker/organisation: FIF aims to feature extraordinary social innovators, entrepreneurs, young changemakers and organisations whose work move mountains everyday. Help us reach out to them so we can share their stories of success and failures.
  • Write a blog: Share your insights and experiences on your work around youth in the FIF blog.

Or simply write to us at

Learn about past Frugal Innovation Forums:

Frugal Innovation Forum 2017: Scaling quality education

Frugal Innovation Forum 2016: Scaling Resilience

Frugal Innovation Forum 2015: Pushing the boundaries of development

Frugal Innovation Forum 2014: Scaling digitally

Frugal Innovation Forum 2013: Scaling simple solutions

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