If developing countries are to prosper in the global economy, greater investment and use of science, technology and innovation (STI) is imperative. That was the main message from a Global Forum convened by the World Bank in February 2007 to discuss strategies, programmes and policies for boosting STI in countries of the South.

The forum was organised around case studies of STI capacity building initiatives, focusing on a number of themes: how to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals, adding value to natural resource exports, upgrading technology, the role of research and development and gender.

This book, devised as a follow-up to the forum, captures the lessons from some of the STI experiences presented at the meeting. One case study looks at how STI can help pineapple growers in Ghana. Another examines the shortage of university faculties in Africa. Though there is detailed discussion of STI as a concept, there is also plenty of concrete illustration of how this approach can deliver clean water to rural villages, improve incomes for smallholder producers and help local industries compete in an increasingly difficult open marketplace.

Science, Technology and Innovation: Capacity Building for Sustainable Growth and Poverty Reduction

Edited by M Ehst & A Watkins
World Bank, 2008. 240 pp
ISBN 0-8213-7380-3
US$30 - €20
World Bank Publications
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Mail Stop: U 11/1104
Washington, DC 20433, USA
Fax: +1 202 614 1237
http://www.worldbank.org/publications

 

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