British aid to fund technology hub

By Anita Makri DFID has launched a ‘frontier technology hub’ aimed at helping its staff spot, fund and disseminate technologies to support the agency’s development programmes. The three-year Frontier Technology Livestreaming initiative was launched this week (1 November) at the agency’s headquarters in London, United Kingdom, along with a report that singles out 10 technologies …

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Tool targets fairness deficit in research

By Anita Makri [Brussels] Partnership is an enduring buzzword in development. Just as enduring are efforts to put research institutions in developing countries on a level playing field when they pair up with counterparts in the developed world — on anything from being better able to negotiate contracts to controlling biological resources to having visibility …

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Global study pins down engineering and development links

By Anita Makri Engineering capacity is strongly linked to economic development, according to a study that brings together data from 99 countries to reveal the first global engineering rankings. But the sector has poor visibility in development planning and education, and needs a clearer focus on fighting poverty, according to leading figures. Facts about engineering …

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Cancer in poor countries: Too big to tackle?

By Anita Makri A revealing metaphor kicked off a day of discussions about tackling cancer in poor countries at the Royal Society of Medicine last month. If you think of global health as Mount Everest, cancer control would be a small flag at its peak, said Richard Sullivan, professor at the King’s Health Partners science …

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Can tech tip the balance towards peace?

By Anita Makri Programmes to counter conflict are enlisting digital tools. There are successes, and questions over lasting impact. It’s hard to escape a sense that the world is becoming a less peaceful place. Headlines are dominated by news of protracted warfare across the Middle East and North Africa, high-profile acts of terrorism and the …

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