Science, Technology and Innovation for Development

dtl_sti4d01_350x240.jpgScience, technology and innovation (STI) are key drivers of economic and social development.

The experience of successful developing countries shows that STI policies that are well integrated into national development strategies and combined with institutional and organizational changes can help raise productivity, improve firm competitiveness, support faster growth and create jobs. 

To achieve this, policies need to address the specific features of innovation in developing countries.

Examples include the weight of traditional sectors in the economy, the importance of incremental and adaptative innovation, the need to identify, acquire and adapt foreign innovations, the particular role of foreign direct investment, the limited access of firms to skilled workers and to capital, weak technology-related infrastructure and inadequate intellectual property rights regimes.

UNCTAD's work in STI policy for development focuses on supporting the integration of STI in national development strategies and building-up STI policy-making capacity in developing countries.

Activities are implemented in collaboration with other UN entities, multilateral development institutions and national counterparts.

The programme of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reviews is its main instrument in this area, which is complemented with other capacity-building programmes.

Main areas of work:


26 January 2017Q&A with Ticora Jones, Division Chief, Higher Education Solutions Network, USAID Global Development Lab
25 January 2017Q&A with Gillian Marcelle, Executive Director, UVI Research and Technology Park
24 January 2017Q&A with Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing at Cambridge Judge Business School
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06 December 2016Opening up, Iran has opportunity to commercialize its science and technology skills
22 July 2016ASYCER e-certification system launched at UNCTAD 14
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15 January 2016Harnessing Emerging Technological Breakthroughs for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Technology and Innovation Report 2015
23 December 2015Technology and Innovation Report 2015 launched in Nairobi
TIR 2015
16 December 2015Technology and Innovation Report 2015
15 December 2015Expanded list of duty-free technology products to boost international trade and development, research reveals
07 December 2015Capacity-building needed to harmonize e-commerce legislation in the ECOWAS region
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