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Predictive tool could cut HIV test costs

A tool to monitor how HIV-positive patients respond to antiretroviral therapy (ART) could free up scarce personnel and laboratory resources in developing countries, according to an international team of researchers. HIV destroys immune system cells, including a type of white blood cell known as CD4. The World Health Organisation recommends that ideally, ART is provided once the number of CD4 cells …

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How innovation is flourishing at the grassroots

SciDev.Net reporters across the developing world describe exciting initiatives aimed at supporting innovation in local communities and remote areas. From small-scale hydro-powered electricity in Malaysia to cost-saving solar pumps in Pakistan, communities across the developing world are devising ingenious solutions to improve their livelihoods and promote sustainable development. They face many hurdles — from fostering collaboration between community members and technical experts, to acquiring …

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Injazat: Businesses must head to the clouds to meet evolving market demands

Cloud computing is widely regarded as the next big trend in enterprise IT. However, many organizations remain hesitant to adopt the technology, arguing that it is still in its nascent stages. Industry experts counter that the value proposition of doing business on the cloud is too substantial to ignore and is the right direction to take to ensure strong and …

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Bonn meeting commits to COP17 outcomes

Representatives from the 32 countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiating blocs have expressed determination to build on the strong momentum of the Durban UN climate talks. The representatives, who met in Bonn, Germany, this weekend, looked at what needed to be done to ensure that key decisions that emerged from the Durban conference were …

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US should fund more late-stage health R&D, says report

The United States should encourage more public-private partnerships and increase its late-stage research funding, to improve the translation of research into products to fight neglected diseases, according to a report launched last week (27 April). The report is a joint publication of the health research think-tank Policy Cures and the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) — an umbrella group for non-profit health research …

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Tropical countries struggle to engage with REDD+

Most tropical developing countries are struggling to monitor and report their greenhouse gas emissions from forest loss, and will need international support to implement the UN REDD+ scheme, according to a study. The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) scheme aims to reverse forest cover loss and curb related carbon emissions by putting a financial value on stored carbon. REDD+ was agreed at Cancun in 2010 and …

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Power to the people

By: Marc McIlhone – AfricanBrains An invention originally designed for the use of campers and backpackers has the potential to bring vital electricity to isolated rural communities throughout the developing World. The PowerPotTM is an innovative power generator that produces electricity using state-of-the-art thermoelectric technology and has been road tested in rural villages in Ghana with great success. Designed to be used …

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Dubai School of Government and Sheikh Zayed Housing Program Jointly Organizes Executive Education Initiative

Dubai-UAE: 03 May, 2012 – Dubai School of Government (DSG), a teaching and research institution focusing on public policy, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme (SZHP) to organize a customized executive education leadership development curriculum that will nurture young leaders of tomorrow. As an immediate outcome of the agreement, the program titled ‘Zayed …

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Supporting grassroots innovation: Facts and Figures

Adrian Smith and colleagues explore grassroots innovations, their potential for development and challenges facing practitioners. Turning ideas into new products, services or practices often requires systematic steps in a process of innovation. Conventional policies for promoting innovation link entrepreneurial firms, science institutes, investors and policymakers, and aim to keep up with advancements in promising technologies. But innovation also takes place below …

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Technical creativity needs nurturing at the grassroots

Efforts to promote sustainable development must tap into technologies developed locally, driven by community needs and priorities. The products of modern science and technology (S&T), from chemical pesticides to carbon-emitting combustion engines, are frequently blamed —with some justification — for the unsustainable use of the planet’s resources. At the same time S&T offers a variety of tools for sustainable development — …

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