2014 Tech4Dev International Conference

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: What is Essential?

4-6 June 2014 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

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Innovative technologies have a central role to play in the effort to alleviate poverty in this world. Innovative technology also means appropriate technology in the sense that the stakeholders must accept it locally, culturally, environmentally and economically. What key factors will determine whether or not a technology succeeds in its intended role of reducing poverty?

The 3rd UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development which took place from 4-6 June 2014 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne focused on essential technologies. Determining the needs for successful technologies and discussing successful processes to develop and deploy them, the event also examined questions such as: How can we evaluate the impact of technologies?

The conference gathered around 360 attendees from 58 countries: researchers, decision-makers, representatives from NGOs, international organizations and the private sector – all eager to generate knowledge by focusing on state-of-the-art technologies and their potential for the global South. They had the opportunity to attend the presentation of 125 scientific papers from the fields of energy, habitat, medical, ICT and disaster risk reduction.


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