The aim of the thematic cluster on Sustainable Technology & Development is to focus on low-cost technology innovations that cater to low-income stakeholders. To be effective from a development perspective, technology innovations need to specifically focus on the vulnerable and economically weaker sections of society and must also consider the distribution model that is needed to bring these innovations to all stakeholders. This theme will therefore go beyond the discussion of technology innovations alone, but will also emphasise on business models through which such innovations can service the economically weaker sections of society.
The key areas that will be covered by this thematic cluster include “access to energy” and “water, sanitation & irrigation". While considering innovations and development from an access facilitation point of view, the focus will be both on innovative products and technologies and on the delivery ecosystem – including the related business model. The approach will involve sharing a series of case studies on innovations pioneered by the public sector, research institutions, and private corporations.