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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:Cannibalizing the Informal Economy: Frugal Innovation and Economic Inclusion in Africa
Author:Meagher, KateISNI
Year:2018
Periodical:European Journal of Development Research (ISSN 0957-8811)
Volume:30
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:17-33
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:informal sector
frugal innovation
Link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057%2Fs41287-017-0113-4
Abstract:This paper argues that, far from collaborating with informal economic systems and actors, frugal innovation tends to treat informal economies as a pool of workers and organizational resources to be tapped for the benefit of corporate actors. I will examine how frugal innovation models selectively transform informal economic and institutional systems around formal economic interests, reconfiguring informal opportunities and the distribution of gains in ways that promote adverse incorporation of informal actors rather than mutual benefit.
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