The U.S. Agency for International Development kicked off July 13 its conference on “Transforming Development through Science, Technology and Innovation.”
USAID chief Rajiv Shah urged participants, composed of science, development and federal government experts, to find ways on how to tap the private sector to foster sustainable, scalable development.
U.S. President Barack Obama will be “paying close attention to the results” of the conference and will help to take concrete actions on conference recommendations, according to John Holdren, Obama’s science adviser.
Among the recommendations floated during the conference are:
- Developing in-country capacity for the production of materials such as vaccines. - Better use of mobile technology to obtain timely, relevant feedback on development projects from local recipients. - Creating holistic local solution sets for energy, food, water, health and education. - Supporting existing transnational industry hubs in sub-Saharan Africa. - Installing high-quality, deployable irrigation systems where replacement parts are locally accessible. - Encouraging private sector ventures that allow our work to be sustainable and scalable. - Better marketing of new technologies in the developing world to increase acceptance and usage. - Delivering relevant and useful school materials to every pupil. - Ensuring that health care providers have access to health care records within one hour of a patient visit.