The Slow Race
- 22nd June 2006, 09:30AM
- Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining
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Science and technology are climbing up the development agenda. Governments are racing to find solutions that will help poor people benefit from technological advances. But, with the race for economic growth and the race to find the ‘magic bullet,’ are we ignoring the views of citizens?
In this new pamphlet, Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones from the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex argue that we need to avoid the temptation to go for the quick fix and instead concentrate on "the slow race" to make technology work for the poor.
The pamphlet launch will consist of a presentation by the authors, responses and discussion, followed by an informal lunch. Responses will be made by Gordon Conway, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for International Development, John Mugabe from the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Suman Sahai from the Gene Campaign, Delhi.
Demos and IDS are grateful for support for this event from the Rockefeller Foundation.