Research Development

Remarkable achievements in science and technology have fallen short of addressing major global challenges such as food insecurity, environmental degradation, energy poverty and underdevelopment. While addressing these challenges has been a great moral and political imperative of our time, development policy and practices often work against the interests of poor people, aggravating the problem. We focus on diverse perspectives in technology and development and their impacts, and collaborate with global stakeholders to implement innovative ideas for more equitable and resilient outcomes. Fully acknowledging the complexities of these challenges, we draw distinction between “top-down” approaches and “participatory” or pragmatic views to development, and seek openness to diverse social responses to development challenges. This quest demands cultural diversity, democratic accountability, and continual debate of global trends.