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Friday, May 9, 2008

Science, Technology, and Innovation: Capacity Building for Sustainable Growth and Poverty Reduction

The World Bank convened a Global Forum in Washington, DC, on February 13–15, 2007, to discuss strategies, programs, and policies for building science, technology, and innovation (STI) capacity to promote sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.1 The Global Forum was sponsored by the World Bank in cooperation with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Global Research Alliance (GRA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Science
Initiative Group (SIG), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The principal theme of the Global Forum was that in today’s increasingly
competitive global economy, science, technology, and innovation capacity building can no longer be seen as a luxury, suitable primarily for wealthier, more economically dynamic countries. Rather, if developing countries hope to prosper in the global economy, and if world leaders expect globalization to foster sustainable development and sustainable poverty reduction, STI capacity building is an absolute necessity.
In today’s rapidly changing global economy, the critical economic development issue is no longer whether countries should build STI capacity but what type of capacity to build and how to build it, given each country’s economic
constraints and starting point.

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