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Technology transfer for the poor (...)

Developing countries must adopt effective policies on technology transfer that meet the needs of all social classes, including the poorest.
There is a common misconception that the single most important factor in science and development is the need for adequate funding for relevant research. This type of thinking - sometimes described as the « science push » model of development - tends to focus on the proportion of a country’s gross national product spent on research and development.
But spending on research is part of a broader picture. An arguably larger role is played by government policies affecting the practical application of scientific knowledge. This usually involves embedding such knowledge in technological products and processes, what is widely described as « technology transfer ».  read

date of on-line publication : 30 January 2007

Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research: Still No Answers to Ageing Questions

> Biosafety Information Centre (...)

Some of the most crucial scientific questions concerning health effects of GE and GEOs (genetically engineered organisms) were raised up to twenty years ago. Most of them have still not been answered at all, or have found unsatisfactory answers. We believe, as Mayer and Stirling said, “in the end it is often the case that those who choose the questions determine the answers”. Will another twenty years pass before societies realize the urgent need for public funding of genuinely independent risk- and hazard-related research? The time for such investment is now so that a new scientific culture with working hypotheses rooted in the Precautionary principle (PP) can discover other, possibly even more important questions of safety.
In the present article we will mainly confine ourselves to putative health hazards related to GE plants (GEPs) used as food or feed, with some brief notes on GE vaccines as well as the novel si RNA- and nanobio-technologies. This does not mean that we do not recognize the paramount, indirect threats to public health posed by social, cultural, ethical, economic and legal issues.  read

date of on-line publication : 27 October 2006

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Technological Democracy for Poverty Reduction

> July 2005, Development Alternatives (...)

Following on from the South Asia Conference on “Technologies for Poverty Reduction”, the article studies the importance of technology in shaping livelihoods and social development, and in turn its influence on poverty reduction. In addition to “Technology Pluralism”, the article stresses the need to address the issue of poorer communities’ access to technological services and their delivery, in what the author refers to as “Technology Democracy”. It also looks at the relationship between institutions, finance and technology and how people without access to this triad are affected.  read

date of on-line publication : 14 November 2005

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