NEW STEPS PUBLICATIONS: WATER REFORM AND VACCINES

We’ve just published two new Working Papers: one on Water reform in South Africa, the other on polio vaccine development. Photo: Growing vegetables near the Driekoppies dam, Lomati river by Synne Movik In policy discussions in post-apartheid South Africa, existing users were strongly protected, and redistribution to ‘historically disadvantaged individuals’ was seen as risky. The…

ELINOR OSTROM’S NOBEL PRIZE

By Lyla Mehta and Melissa Leach After a surprising Nobel Prize week, Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize award in Economic Sciences, shared with Oliver Williamson, is to be welcomed and celebrated. Photo: Elinor Ostrom courtesy of McGill University The Prize has been awarded for her analysis of economic governance, especially of resources held as commons, and…

ADRIAN SMITH ON ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Following Adrian’s post on his journey to Argentina, he’s added a new presentation from the trip to our Slideshare. If your Spanish isn’t up to scratch, it includes some great pictures from the history of the alternative technology movement. Nichos de tecnología alternativa: una perspectiva Europea

GRASSROOTS INNOVATION

By Adrian Smith It is imperative, in my view, that grassroots innovation does not become ghettoised into ‘technologies for the poor’. Last week I enjoyed a fascinating trip to Argentina, where I talked about grassroots innovation. The trip was made possible by the Argentine government’s Institute for Industrial Technology (INTI), whose new Quality of Life…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: REDISTRIBUTING INNOVATION

By Julian Pineres Ramirez, PhD student, CENTRIM, Brighton University “What opportunities are presented by the global redistribution of innovative activity?” was the title of Session 3. The questions of how knowledge can be spread around the world, and how less advantaged regions could capture part of its economic and social benefits, remain a concern for…