APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES FOR RURAL HEALTHCARE: THE IBARAPA EXPERIENCE

By KATE HAWKINS, Future Health Systems member STEPS Centre affiliate, the Future Health Systems Research Programme Consortium, is currently meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. Future Health Systems is an international partnership to research and communicate innovations that improve access to quality healthcare for the poor. The meeting has provided an opportunity to bring together private sector…

Knowledge Society Debates: A battle of enlightenments

By SHANTI MAHENDRA Bangalore was second location on the STEPS Centre’s Knowledge Society debates three-city tour of India,on the 8-9 January. The public discussion in Bangalore, entitled ‘Knowledge Futures in the Innovation City’, touched on a good many subjects including: ‘knowledge’ never being innocent or existing alone; there being more to the talk of ‘knowledge…

Knowledge Society Debates: truth, politics and the knowledge society

By SHANTI MAHENDRA Members of the STEPS centre and several Indian scholars from Hyderabad, India discussed issues around what a ‘knowledge society’ means on 5-6 January. At the roundtable discussion 5 January, about 30 academicians discussed overarching issues of how controversies around science and technology are issues about democracy, ethics and social relations. This discussion…

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…

SALZBURG DAY 3: DATA, TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The lack of data and information on crop productivity and prices, and the poor quality of the data that does exist, has been a recurrent theme throughout the conference and was stressed as key to the future on this final day.Photo: Mamadou Goita takes part in the press conference…

BIOFUEL TRADING SCAM

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The front page story of today’s Guardian delves into the murky world of a biofuels scam. “Up to 10% of biofuel exports from the US to Europe are believed to be part of the rogue scheme reaping big profits for agricultural trading firms,” writes environment correspondent Terry Macalister. And…

INNOVATION IN INDIA

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member India may have strengths like democracy, diversity, demography, interdependence and role models, but it can’t become a global research giant unless it harnesses the strengths, according to Rajeev Gowda, STEPS Centre partner who organised the first event for our risk, uncertainty and technology project – co-funded by UKIERI in…

DSA DAY 2: STEPS PANEL 3 – TECHNOLOGIES SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL

Today technology is discussed as a source of anxiety, uncertainty and risk and this session looks at the politics and ethics of risk and regulation of biotechnology. Here to examine the socio-technical frameworks of agro-biotechnology in India and Latin America are Prof. Rajeev Gowda of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, Suman Sahai of…

DSA DAY 2: AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT

Simon Maxwell of the Overseas Development Institute chairs the session with Paul Richards of Wageningen University and Pedro Sanchez, director of the Millennium Villages Project, The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Sanchez is first up, talking about the African Green Revolution and the Millennium Development Goals, which his Villages project suggested a budget of $110capita/yr…