UNCTAD provides intellectual leadership and serves as a source of expertise on science, technology and innovation (STI)
and information and communication technologies (ICTs)
policies for development.
UNCTAD’s activities in this area seek to bring the development perspective to international discussions, supporting consensus-building and capacity-building for sound, evidence-based, development-oriented policy in relevant areas.
STI, including ICTs, are an essential component of policies to promote development. They can serve as instruments for supporting relevant components of the national development agenda, helping local industry compete, generating better paying jobs, reducing poverty, promoting export diversification and catching up.
However, the assimilation, diffusion and application of scientific and technological knowledge require investments in human and physical capital, together with the establishment and nurturing of a national innovation system and a systematic effort to access and use relevant knowledge. Policies at the national and international levels are needed to organize and sustain those processes.
Areas of work
26 January 2017Q&A with Ticora Jones, Division Chief, Higher Education Solutions Network, USAID Global Development Lab
Policy makers can be a bridge between people who are passionate about ideas and a place where those ideas can be implemented, says Ticora Jones, whose work links up universities and local communities looking to technology to address development challenges. Ms. Jones was speaking at the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland, on 23-25 January.
25 January 2017Q&A with Gillian Marcelle, Executive Director, UVI Research and Technology Park
It is becoming clearer that tackling urgent development challenges like access to affordable homes and clean water requires mixing and matching traditional and non-traditional sources of innovation and investment. UVI Research and Technology Park Executive Director Gillian Marcelle, whose varied career spans academia, commerce and development agencies, visited the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD on 23-25 January, to spell out how she sees the way forward.
24 January 2017Q&A with Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing at Cambridge Judge Business School
What does innovation have to do with reducing poverty? Participants at a meeting of the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD, on 23-25 January heard many answers, among them the concept of frugal or jugaad innovation. But what is that? One of its foremost proponents Jaideep Prabhu, co-author with Navi Radjou of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, explained.
22 July 2016ASYCER e-certification system launched at UNCTAD 14
A special event on “E-Certification: the Trade Facilitation Measure” was organized during the Fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, in Nairobi on 21 July 2016.
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