Can innovation end global poverty?
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Can the seemingly intractable problems of global poverty be addressed by the latest wonders of science and technology?
Last month, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of its new Global Development Lab, which will bring together entrepreneurs, corporations, NGOs, universities, research institutions, and USAID personnel “to discover, incubate, and scale breakthrough development innovations in sectors like water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, and climate change,” in the words of Andrew Sisson, its acting executive director.
USAID is attempting to “foster science- and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030”.