About Us

The Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia (UNIID-SEA) is a regional network of individuals and institutions from the academe and the private and public sectors, who are actively promoting and co-creating innovations that address multidimensional poverty, and foster inclusive social development. The Network aims to be a key player in the overall effort to have more prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive ASEAN nations.  

UNIID-SEA started as a regional project funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC-CRDI) and implemented by the School of Government of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) from 2011 to 2014. The project launched pioneering programs that engaged 128 Fellows from 10 countries, and 21 institutions, primarily universities, research councils, and local government units

Innovation for Inclusive Development

(IID), is broadly understood as “innovation that reduces poverty, and enables all groups of people, especially the poor and vulnerable, to participate in decision-making, create and actualize opportunities, and share the benefits of development.”

- (IID) Program Prospectus, IDRC, 2011)