History of the Sussex Manifesto

Professor Sir Hans Singer considered it one of the three most important reports he had been involved in writing. Given Prof. Singer’s illustrious career spanning seven decades from 1936, that is quite an endorsement. The report in question is The Sussex Manifesto: Science and Technology to Developing Countries during the Second Development Decade (1970). Professor…

Professor Sir Hans Singer considered it one of the three most important reports he had been involved in writing. Given Prof. Singer’s illustrious career spanning seven decades from 1936, that is quite an endorsement. The report in question is The Sussex Manifesto: Science and Technology to Developing Countries during the Second Development Decade (1970). Professor…

MANIFESTO LAUNCH: 15 JUNE

The launch of Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto was held at the Royal Society in London on 15 June 2010. >> Download or browse the Manifesto Flickr set: Manifesto launch Video from the launch is also available. The Manifesto launch was co-supported by UKIERI. Background We live in a time of unprecedented advances in…

About the STEPS Centre

The ESRC STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub uniting development studies with science and technology studies.

What is ‘Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto’?

In 1970 the publication of a radical and controversial document helped shape modern thinking on science and technology for development. It was called The Sussex Manifesto: Science and Technology to Developing Countries during the Second Development Decade.

Why is a New Manifesto needed now?

  Standard policies link innovation, science and technology to development in ways that are not always the most sustainable and equitable solutions for the people they seek to help. As a result, they often fail to address the challenges of an uncertain, dynamic and rapidly changing world.

A new ‘3D’ agenda

Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto aims to challenge the mainstream models of science and technology for development that have become integral to government and international agency policy.

Elements of the New Manifesto

The New Manifesto will integrate lessons learned since the original with emerging perspectives to investigate current debates in science and technology for development.

Backstory

  At the tail end of the 1960’s the United Nations asked for recommendations on science and technology for development from ‘The Sussex Group’ – a team from the Institute of Development Studies and SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research, at the UK’s University of Sussex.

Resources

Here you can download  the original 1970 Sussex Manifesto and access a variety of resources on Professor Geoff Oldham’s seminar on the writing of that document forty years ago.