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Science, technology and innovation for development

A man lies dying. Scientists on three continents mobilize to find a radical treatment to stop his organs from failing. A portable water filter straw is set to save millions of lives. Innovation defines humanity and leads us to be both our best and worst selves. Rationality, science, and intelligent inquiry into how things work and what they do will determine the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

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  • 22 October 2019
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How digitalization is supporting sustainable development

This blog is part of a series organised in conjunction with the 19th global development conference. Digital technologies can make an enormous...

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  • 02 January 2019
  • Post by Gitonga-Karuoro, Anne
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Women, business innovation, and sustainable development

Economic activities in developing countries where women’s involvement is dominant tend to be in the informal sector and therefore prone to higher...

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  • 02 December 2018
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Energy policy for industrialization: Tanzania’s big development challenge

Successful industrial policies need to be accompanied by reliable energy policies – especially in a country like Tanzania, which is among the least...

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  • 19 November 2018
  • Post by Aspinwall, Mark
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Improving governance through the lens of technology

Billions of people suffer from poor governance – and this comes at a particularly high cost in the developing world. This column explores the...

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  • 24 September 2018
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‘Artificial general intelligence’, economic development and public policy

The technological dream of an ‘artificial general intelligence’ is seen by some as a future game-changer for economic development. But it could also...

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  • 17 September 2018
  • Post by Banga, Karishma
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Digitalization and the future of industrialization in Africa

As global manufacturing becomes more digitalized, there is a danger that new opportunities will be sparse for countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The...

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  • 15 August 2018
  • Post by Naudé, Wim
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Africa’s Industrial Revolution: new technology and vibrant entrepreneurship

Manufacturing remains an essential element of development, and according to this column, Africa has a golden opportunity to industrialize. The...

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  • 23 March 2018
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Incentives for innovation that’s inclusive

How should policy-makers design incentives for innovation that’s inclusive? This column explains that first, they need to be clear on what they are...

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  • 22 March 2018
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Innovations in food systems: the key to human and planetary health

Food systems – the technical, economic, social and environmental processes and actors through which we feed the world’s population – are at the heart...

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