Welcome to Global South, where 85% of global youth are building a future for all of us to thrive in.

Frugal Innovation Forum (FIF) is a platform for leaders from the Global South to connect and explore solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. FIF 2019 will explore the theme “Scaling opportunities for youth”, featuring development practitioners and funders, young change-makers and innovators in a 2 day long conference to collaborate for impact at scale.

The Frugal Innovation Forum sets up the space for discourse on existing best practices. The conference kickstarts with a day-long field visit for those who want an exclusive experience of frugal innovations in Bangladesh, followed by two days of intense debates and plenaries on disruptive models and solutions.

The discussions, workshops and plenaries are going to focus on

  1. 21st century skills
  2. Impact of technology on youth
  3. Youth on the move
Stay tuned for more updates on the sessions.

Jugaad, or ‘frugal innovation’ approach was always an inherent feature and a unique offering of Global South. This creative approach can be borrowed for wide-scale adoption and large-scale change for dynamic social impact. With this in mind, FIF was created with the aim to explore deeper into Global South’s fascinating potential, to develop a platform to amplify what is already happening across the region, and by bringing innovators together to learn, share and scale up low-cost models.

The sixth forum will explore the theme of youth in the Global South and connect non-profit innovators, social entrepreneurs and emerging leaders to catalyse lasting change with limited resources. The conference will be designed to inspire more effective and impactful actions through discussions and debates about youth empowerment in the Global South.

  1. By practitioners for practitioners
  2. Field exposure and hands-on learning with an emphasis on co-creation
  3. Hosted by the world’s #1 ranked non-government development organisation

Calling all those who are young at heart!

Registration Fee

International: USD 350
National: BDT 10,000
Field Visit: USD 200

This covers session access, meals and accommodation for 2 nights. Given these highly subsidized fees, for further assistance, please mail us your profile.

Registration Deadline

For conference:
International: February 9, 2019
National: February 9, 2019

For field visit: February 9, 2019

Payment Deadline

International: March 2.
National: February 16.

We will email you further details on the payment procedure once your registration has been accepted.

Register here!


Providing broad overview of macro-level challenges in youth development, SDGs and youth, No One Left Behind (reflections on Cox’s Bazar field visit), youth activism

Featuring 10 minute talks on 4 models that have worked for, or by young people

Presenting interesting models that tie into workshops to follow

1. Health and wellbeing: mental, sexual and reproductive health

2. Reimagining education for the next generation: Interesting approaches and models in learning, alternative learning models and youth engagement

Where employment merges with skills and education. A panel discussion starting with a presentation on macro trends of the job market , skills for now and future

Engaging young people; discussion based on problem statements of Inclusion.

Featuring inspirational stories with a focus on successful youth movements and models for entrepreneurship

1. New media: How is digital media changing the way young people engage and collaborate for social good?

2. Researchers’ Conclave: Showcasing empirical evidences of gaps, challenges and effective solutions concerning youth & development followed by matchmaking

Featuring 10 minute talks on 4 relevant models that have worked for, or by young people.

1. Policy panel: Breaking the barriers to youth inclusion What are some successful models of engaging young people in policy and governance?

2. Design sprint: Engaging young people - Discussion based on problem statements: (i) Inclusion (ii) Displaced youth

Special session with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed


Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Founder and Chairperson, BRAC

    Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP

    State Minister, ICT Division, Bangladesh

      Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya

      Distinguished Fellow, CPD, Bangladesh

        Helle Gudmandsen

        Head of Education and Youth Management, Save the Children

          Dr. Mohi Ahmed

          Senior Director, Open Innovation Gateway, Fujitsu

            Bickey Russell

            General Manager, Kormo, Google

              Vandana Goyal

              CEO, Akanksha Foundation

                Patrick Hannahan

                Director, The Brookings Institution

                  Paul Basil

                  Founder and CEO, Villgro Innovations Foundation

                    Ali Raza Khan

                    Founder and CEO, YES Network Pakistan

                      Tasmiah Rahman

                      Head of Programme, Skills Development, BRAC

                        Dr. Imran Matin

                        Executive Director, BRAC Institute of Governence and Development

                          Pawan Kucita

                          Chief of Education, UNICEF Bangladesh

                            Asif Saleh

                            Senior Director, Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International

                              Vaibhav Chhabra

                              Founder, Makers Asylum

                                Prof. Shohini Ghosh

                                AJK Mass Communication Research Center

                                  Ejaj Ahmad

                                  President, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center

                                    Ayman Sadiq

                                    CEO, 10 Minute School

                                      Elita Karim

                                      Singer; Writer; Editor of Arts & Entertainment, The Daily Star

                                        Yashveer Singh

                                        Director - Youth Venture, South Asia, Ashoka

                                          Sohara Mehroze Shachi

                                          Research Associate, Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience, UNDP

                                            Mohammad Mohasin

                                            Secretary General, International Wheelchair Cricket Council

                                              Dr. Sabina Rashid

                                              Dean and Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

                                                Nuhash Humayun


                                                  Azwa Nayeem

                                                  Founder & Chairperson, Alokito Hridoy Foundation

                                                    Kuben Nair

                                                    Head of Candidate Network, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

                                                      Anand Pawar

                                                      Executive Director, Samyak

                                                        Moutushi Kabir

                                                        Director, Communications and Outreach, BRAC and BRAC International

                                                          KAM Morshed

                                                          Director, Advocacy for Social Change, Technology, and Partnership Strengthening Unit, BRAC

                                                            Andres Marquez-Lara

                                                            Founder and Passion Catalyst, Promethean Community LLC

                                                              Zaiba Tahyya

                                                              Founder and Ceo, Female Empowerment Movement

                                                                Shariful Hasan

                                                                Head of Programme, Migration, BRAC

                                                                  Syeed Ahamed

                                                                  CEO, Institute of Informatics and Development

                                                                    Rakib Avi

                                                                    Programme Manager, Social Innovation Lab, BRAC

                                                                      Syeda Shagufe Hossain

                                                                      Founder and Project Director, Leaping Boundaries

                                                                        Arif R Hossain

                                                                        Co-Founder, Aamrai Bangladesh

                                                                          Sylvana Quader Sinha

                                                                          Founder & CEO, Praava Health

                                                                            Osama Noor

                                                                            Co-Founder, Youth Opportunities

                                                                              Nancy Kataraihya

                                                                              Project Manager, Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents, BRAC Tanzania

                                                                                Shakil Ahmed

                                                                                Associate Director, Public Affairs, Teach for Bangladesh

                                                                                  Bonita Sharma

                                                                                  Founder, SOCHAI - Youth for Nutrition

                                                                                    Dr. Sebastian Groh

                                                                                    Managing Director, SOLshare

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