INDIAN VILLAGERS FIGHT POOR WATER SERVICES BY DESIGNING THEIR OWN SYSTEMS

By Alankar and Bhagwati from Sarai Some poorer communities on the fringes of cities in India don’t get the best access to water, either because they’re not covered, or only partly covered by the formal state-provided water system. They are now fighting back by designing systems to get the resources they need. Photo: Self-designed drainage…

GUARDIAN VIDEO: MELISSA LEACH ON PAYING THE CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

In the run up to the Copenhagen conference on climate change, here’s Melissa Leach from the STEPS Centre talking about how to pay the climate change bill. Payments from industrialised countries to developing countries are one method of footing the bill (for example, to help them reduce emissions or invest in clean technologies). But how…

REBOOTING DEVELOPMENT: PROF CALESTOUS JUMA

“Rebooting development: Innovation policy in the age of technological abundance” was the title of the 13th Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture. It was hosted by SPRU on 7 October 2009. Calestous’ deep knowledge is obvious, as well as his passion for the role of technology and innovation in Africa. From the flier: “Developing countries are increasingly…

ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON…

The Water Symposium’s all over now – photos from the symposium are on our flickr – but we’re still digesting some of the debates and discussions. For now, some highlights from Day One, which was mostly taken up by a healthy discussion on climate change: Kirsten Hastrup from Copenhagen University said that water is an…

STEPS CENTRE WATER SYMPOSIUM

By Julia Day An opportunity to break out of conventional thinking and forge new alliances has enticed more than 40 water and sanitation development experts gather in Brighton today for the STEPS Centre’s Water Symposium. As part of our on-going research in the water and sanitation, Lyla Mehta and Synne Movik have convened this meeting…

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…