Frugal Innovation Forum 2022

A platform for doers to explore frugal innovations in the Global South

Frugal Innovation Forum 2022

October 11-13, 2022

Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka

Learn, engage, and connect with leaders from the Global South to explore and innovate solutions for the world’s toughest challenges.
Frugal Innovation Forum 2022 will explore the theme,

The Future of Development in a Post-Pandemic World


What is FIF?

FIF is a platform that brings innovators together to learn, share and scale up low-cost models, and amplifies what is already happening across the region.

Hosted by BRAC, one of the world’s leading non-government organisations, FIF is a platform for practitioners by practitioners - with field exposure and hands-on learning, emphasising co-creation.

Why FIF?

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 to explore Global South’s fascinating potential, develop a platform to amplify what is happening across the region, and bring innovators together to learn, share and scale up low-cost models.

The seventh forum will explore the theme of ‘The Future of Development in a Post-Pandemic World,’ 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 recognising the understanding of what happened, what’s ongoing based on learning from the past, and what the outlook for a post-COVID future looks like for the Global South.

What makes FIF unique?

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

Calling all global doers to join us in shaping the future of development in the post-pandemic world.

Day 00 - October 11, 2022

Day 01 - October 12, 2022

Day 02 - October 13, 2022
9:00 AM-5:00 PM (GMT +6) Field visit (For limited participants only)
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM (GMT +6) Welcome Remarks
10:10 AM – 10:55 AM (GMT +6) Development in the next normal: The after COVID era
11:00 AM – 11.15 AM (GMT +6) Coffee break
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM (GMT +6) Financial Inclusion: A blueprint for readiness and resilience 
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (GMT +6) Leaving no one behind: Designing for inclusion
Innovation in learning: Unlocking the remote learning puzzle (Workshop)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (GMT +6) Lunch and networking break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (GMT +6) Impact Talks
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM (GMT +6) Coffee break
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM (GMT +6) Fostering cross-sector collaboration for greater impact
Jugaad Box Phase 01 (Workshop)
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM (GMT +6) Lessons from the pandemic: Frugal models for inclusive healthcare systems
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM (GMT +6)Recap from Day 1
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM (GMT +6)COVID 19 and Healthcare: Challenges and Progression for a sustainable future
11:15 AM – 11.30 AM (GMT +6)Coffee break
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (GMT +6)Financial inclusion: Pathway for resiliency through financial inclusion
How to better measure Pilots and Prototypes (Workshop)
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (GMT +6)Lunch and networking break
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (GMT +6)Impact Talks
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM (GMT +6)Coffee break
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM (GMT +6)Future of work in Global South: Preparing for the challenges of tomorrow
Jugaad Box Phase 02 (Workshop)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (GMT +6)Outlook for the future
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM (GMT +6)Closing remarks and vote of thanks

Hear from the experts

Hillary Miller-Wise
Richard Cash
KAM Morshed
Yasir Azman
Faheem Ali
Monisha Banerjee
Tasmiah Rahman
Rahat Ahmed
Imran Matin
Moutushi Kabir
Rani Yan Yan
Modi, Virali J
Sabina Faiz Rashid
Amreen Bashir
Arfan Ali
Snigdha Ali

The status quo

Virtual exhibition


‘New poor’: Ensuring inclusive growth amidst the new challenges of the pandemic

24 million people, or 14% of the population, have been newly pushed into poverty as a result of the pandemic in Bangladesh. Learn how BRAC has introduced new interventions to ensure that this group can restart their lives as the country emerges from lockdowns, and build resilience for future shocks. . . .   Johura Begum and her husband used to work at a garments factory in Chattogram, southern Bangladesh.

Data for good: Doing development with digitalisation

Communities across the globe are connected through the power of information and technology. Consumption patterns have been altered and traditional ways of working disrupted. How does this play out in the development sector? . . .  BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation programme has been evolving as the needs of the people living in extreme poverty change. In December 2021, the programme went digital, creating easier and faster ways of meeting our participants’ needs. In

Development that works for indigenous people in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is home to over 50 indigenous groups. They speak over 35 languages and comprise over 1.8% of the population. 80% live in the plainlands in northern Bangladesh and the rest live in the south, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. BRAC’s indigenous project has been working with indigenous people living in plainlands in Bangladesh for nine years now, and has learnt valuable lessons on what works. . . . Advertisements

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