Anil Gupta |The grassroots innovators3 min read . Updated: 01 Jul 2013, 11:41 PM IST
The hunger for truly low-cost innovation is missing not only in the private sector but also in the public systems
Inclusive development requires meeting the unmet needs of bypassed sectors, spaces and social segments. Affordability of solutions, whether developed by local people or outsiders, will influence the extent to which these needs can be met. There are problems in our society that we have decided to live with almost indefinitely. The result is a feeling of alienation among the affected people. The cost of keeping order in a fractured and fragmented society often is far more than the cost of generating inclusive, innovative solutions. And yet, both the state and the market and sometimes even civil society become complicit in this persistent neglect. Grassroots innovators try to solve some of these problems through their own genius, though not always optimally. There are times when they struggle for a decade or more to find a manageable solution.