GDN's 18th Global Development Conference, titled 'Science, Technology and Innovation for Development,' was held in New Delhi on 22-23 March, 2018. The conference was a forum where global actors from governments, research, private sector and civil society shared knowledge and practices on innovative initiatives to address the development challenges of today and tomorrow. Discussions will enable progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The thematic focus of the conference was threefold: Global Health Challenges, Sustainable Agriculture, and Skills, Employment & Industrial Transformation. Download the 2 page agenda or the longer, more detailed agenda and speakers.
Why Science, Technology & Innovation for Development?
The global community's approach towards the pursuit of development has shifted from mere economic development to sustainable development – i.e., development that is climate resilient, promotes health for all, uses clean energy, provides decent jobs and uses technological solutions for environment friendly industrialization through partnerships between governments, private sector and the civil society. The new approach calls for new pathways of development with focused attention on knowledge systems that can enable the production, diffusion and adoption of innovation and technology.
Science, technology and innovation (STI) impact our lives in many different ways. From the fast changes taking place in the digital sphere of the economy to the anticipated shifts on the labor markets through vastly altered demand for skills: the impact of STI can also be seen on global, national and regional policies, the business environment and the understanding of knowledge systems. Innovation has clear implications for development in sectors such as health, agriculture, and industry, and it has become the key driver of growth in the knowledge economy.
The conference took stock of this debate, and discussed the ways forward to enable the use of Science, Technology and Innovation to encourage progress. It was held in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration, the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO. See the full list of conference partners.
Why did people attend?
For the content | GDN and its partners invited developing country researchers, policymakers, the private sector and civil society actors to present at the conference. Attendees were privy to first-hand presentations and sessions that featured examples of research, programs and policies that either develop innovation as a thematic axis or concretely use technological progress to improve life conditions and well-being in developing countries.
For the networks | The conference was a prized networking event for researchers and development actors.