VIDEO: MANIFESTO SEMINAR – DR GEHL SAMPATH

Have a look at a short clip of Padmashree Gehl Sampath’s STEPS Centre Manifesto seminar on ‘Promoting Knowledge Generation through Intellectual property in Late Development’ as part of the Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project.

LIQUID DYNAMICS AT WORLD WATER WEEK

The STEPS Centre is holding an event at World Water Week in Stockholm this month, entitled Liquid Dynamics: Rethinking Sustainability in Water and Action. Our side event examines the concept of ‘liquid dynamics’ – often neglected patterns of complexity and interaction between the social, technological and ecological dimensions of water and sanitation. Presentations and discussions…

COPENHAGEN: IS TIME RUNNING OUT?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The international climate change meeting in Copenhagen this December will attempt to formulate a post-Kyoto agreement. But with less than five months to go, is time running out? The UN’s top climate official has told the BBC this week that the richest nations will have to put $10bn “on…

BLOG FROM THE WORLD CONGRESS ON HEALTH ECONOMICS, BEIJING

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member ‘Harmonising health and economics’ sounds like a tall order, nonetheless it is the title of this year’s World Congress on Health Economics being held in Beijing. Our colleagues from Future Health Systems and POVILL, Samantha Reddin and Adrijana Corluka, are blogging live from the event, and have already covered…

AID FOR AIDS: HOW DO COMMUNITY GROUPS NEGOTIATE THE NEW FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE?

By Kate Hawkins, STEPS Centre member The past decade has witnessed a change in the public health funding landscape – with the rise of global health initiatives as well as increases in bilateral funding for health sector development. Action on HIV/AIDS has been associated with high profile programmes such as the Global Fund to Fight…

BEYOND SCALING UP: PATHWAYS TO UNIVERSAL ACCESS

By Kate Hawkins, STEPS Centre member The STEPS Centre and our affiliate Future Health Systems are launching a series of activities that challenge the thinking behind prevailing concepts of “scaling up” in the health sector. There is an increasing awareness amongst policy-makers in developing countries that their government’s health services do not adequately meet the…

BLOG FROM THE SCIENCE FORUM 2009

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Former STEPS member Dominic Glover was blogging earlier this week for The Broker from the Science Forum 2009, in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Dominic, now a Postdoctoral fellow in technology and agrarian development at Wageningen University, provided a blogger’s perspective on the sessions, conversations and general atmosphere at the forum….

TWITTER & THE IRANIAN UPRISING

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Like many, I have been following recent events in Iran with interest. The use of social media (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook etc) via mobile and the net to organise and reveal ordinary Iranians’ perspectives has been fascinating and ground-breaking. Timothy Garton Ash says in today’s Guardian: “Probably the single most…

KILLER DUST: NEW ASBESTOS REPORT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member STEPS member Linda Waldman has co-aurthored a new academic report commissioned by construction union UCATT. Linda and Heather Williams have uncovered huge deficiencies in the rules covering the management of asbestos in people’s homes. Potentially exposing both residents and maintenance workers to asbestos exposure. Householders undertaking standard DIY functions…

MANIFESTO SEMINAR: DR. PADMASHREE GEHL SAMPATH ON IP

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member See photos from this event (Flickr link) We’re delighted to have Dr Padmashree Gehl Sampath of the United Nations University with us today to talk about ‘Promoting Knowledge Generation through Intellectual property in Late Development’, as part of the Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto project. While the centrality…