GM CROPS: JUNE LAUNCH

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member On June 10 the STEPS Centre is launching a Biotechnology Research Archive and a new paper on Bt Cotton by Dominic Glover at a free event in London. The STEPS Centre Biotechnology Research Archive will span over a decade of substantive, evidence-based research. A series of core projects, supported…

DANGEROUS IDEAS IN DEVELOPMENT: GM CROPS AND THE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Genetically-modified (GM) crops are sometimes trumpeted as the solution to the global food crisis, and the route to transforming developing agriculture and reducing poverty for millions. For others they spell doom and disaster, bringing with them unacceptable environmental and safety risks. But what is the reality? Over the past…

NEW AVIAN FLU PUBLICATIONS FOCUS ON SE ASIA

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As participants gather for the major international meeting in Winnipeg Canada this week to discuss ways forward on the One World, One Health initiative, a series of new papers have been published, documenting country-level experiences of HPAI responses in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia (papers and presentations. Photo credit:…

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…

CLTS CONFERENCE: INSIGHTS ON SUSTAINABILITY AND SCALING UP

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Melissa Leach, director of the STEPS Centre and several of the Centre’s members, opened the third and final day of the CLTS Conference with a session giving some insights on CLTS and the key issues going forward from a STEPS perspective. Photo: Gerry Bloom / Julia Day STEPS has…

CLTS CONFERENCE: PHOTO ALBUM

Have a look at photos from the CLTS conference on our Flickr photostream

CLTS CONFERENCE: RAPID ZAMBIAN SUCCESS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member An astounding story of success – and the potential of CLTS – came courtesy of Peter Harvey, chief, water and environmental sanitation, Unicef in Zambia. Photo: A Natural Leader from Ndeke B, Zambia, explains the village CLTS action plan / Petra Bongartz Mr Harvey said he was initially very…

CLTS CONFERENCE: THE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member We move to the Africa this morning, where CLTS exists in 22 countries but is relatively new compared to the approach’s history in Asia. Amsalu Negussie, Water and Sanitation Advisor, Plan International, East and Southern Africa, gave us an overview of the sanitation situation in this very diverse continent…

CLTS CONFERENCE: FOCUS ON SANITATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Eight years after the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach for mobilising communitites to build their own toilets was pioneered, over 60 delegates have gathered together to discuss how much progress has been made in stopping open defecation. It is the last major event of the International Year of Sanitation,…