EVENT: CHINA AND GLOBAL HEALTH MARKETS – CO-OPERATION OR COMPETITION?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As we enter the ‘industrious and practical’ Chinese Year of the Ox, the country is emerging as a significant player in global health markets. Margaret Chan has recently become the first Chinese national to lead a UN agency with her appointment as Director-General of the WHO, and on 21…

OECD-UNESCO CONFERENCE: INNOVATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As the world’s economic leaders gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to thrash out a plan to get economies moving again, members of the STEPS Centre’s Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project are here at the OECD‘s headquarters in Paris to look at new ways…

AN END TO SPECULATION AS OBAMA ACTS ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

For sexual and reproductive health advocates across the globe the inauguration of President Obama promised great things. The Bush Administration’s policy line on sexual and reproductive health and rights at home and abroad has seen funding restrictions that undermined good public health policy and breached legal rights in other countries. Breaking news from the US…

HOPE AND CHANGE FOR GLOBAL CITIZENS?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Will Obama’s Administration Make a Difference to Global Citizens? As President-Elect Obama becomes President Obama, Institute of Development Studies Director Lawrence Haddad explores what this means for global justice. “The American people largely elected Obama because they believe he has the best temperament and intellect to address domestic economic…

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES FOR RURAL HEALTHCARE: THE IBARAPA EXPERIENCE

By KATE HAWKINS, Future Health Systems member STEPS Centre affiliate, the Future Health Systems Research Programme Consortium, is currently meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. Future Health Systems is an international partnership to research and communicate innovations that improve access to quality healthcare for the poor. The meeting has provided an opportunity to bring together private sector…

Knowledge Society Debates: A battle of enlightenments

By SHANTI MAHENDRA Bangalore was second location on the STEPS Centre’s Knowledge Society debates three-city tour of India,on the 8-9 January. The public discussion in Bangalore, entitled ‘Knowledge Futures in the Innovation City’, touched on a good many subjects including: ‘knowledge’ never being innocent or existing alone; there being more to the talk of ‘knowledge…

Knowledge Society Debates: truth, politics and the knowledge society

By SHANTI MAHENDRA Members of the STEPS centre and several Indian scholars from Hyderabad, India discussed issues around what a ‘knowledge society’ means on 5-6 January. At the roundtable discussion 5 January, about 30 academicians discussed overarching issues of how controversies around science and technology are issues about democracy, ethics and social relations. This discussion…

TECHNOLOGY MYTHS DEBUNKED

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member A press release lands in the STEPS Centre’s in-box announcing: “It’s myth busting time. The myth that lightly regulated global finance capital can generate unending profits and prosperity is well and truly busted by the credit crunch.” Well, we can’t argue there. But the release is actually about a…

Knowledge Society Debates

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member In India, as in Europe, visions of a knowledge society have brought science, technology and innovation to the forefront of politics, democracy and public life. As India positions itself in global high-technology markets and European governments attempt to tame their sceptical public, knowledge society and knowledge economy have become…