New technologies have the potential to accelerate a country's development, but a global technology gap remains.
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This website provides information on how the organisation Amnesty International uses geospatial technologies to track human rights violations. It provides access to the Science for Human Rights Explorer, a tool that allows users to compare 'before and after' satellite and aerial images of places where human rights violations have occurred. The website also includes a link to Amnesty International's programme Eyes on Syria, an interactive platform that maps information related to human rights abuses in Syria.
EIFL works with libraries and other partners around the world to increase access to knowledge for research and sustainable community development. One of the programmes run by the organisation, the Public Library Innovation Programme, gives small grants to public libraries in developing countries to implement community development services using information and communication technology (ICT). The programme supports 37 services in 22 countries, as well as studies to evaluate their impact. Projects include using mobile phones to deliver health messages to communities, and providing farmers with access to libraries' online resources on market prices and farm technology. The website publishes news, information on grants, events, case studies and information about the impacts of projects.
This organisation was set up in 1997 to foster grassroots innovation and traditional knowledge across India. It helps innovators develop and commercialise their ideas, and provides a network to support their activities through technical and business advice.
Divided into geographical regions, the website provides news and publications, a product inventory, business opportunities as well as information on project funding, careers and volunteering.
The ICT4Peace foundation aims to facilitate communication about conflict resolution using information and communications technology (ICT). It also examines the role of ICT in the management of and response to natural disasters.
The provides free access to reports and presentations on issues including the use of mobile phones, mapping technology and social networking in humanitarian response, including specific incidents such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as end-of-year reports. The website also publishes a list of relevant events and updates on the organisation's projects.
The Meridian Institute publishes daily summaries of news stories on nanotechnology for development, reporting on key innovations and technological applications, policy issues, risk-related information and technology transfer. While these stories cover a wide spectrum of disciplines — from health to materials to environment to agriculture — the institute also offers a compilation of water-related nanotech news summaries for those interested in the applications and implications of using nanotechnology for clean water.
The institute also runs projects and holds workshops on key issues — including the use of nanotechnology in water treatment — and publishes relevant background papers, presentations and case studies.
Nanowerk is a clearing house for information about nanotechnology and nanoscience. It publishes regular news on key developments and a daily feature article — written in cooperation with scientists — looking at new findings, reviewing current research or exploring interesting applications such as water treatment.
Nanowerk also hosts a database of more than 1,900 nanomaterials and links to key events, reports, documents, magazines, organisations and blogs relevant to nanotechnology. Its video library links to dozens of animations and videos about nanotech research, speeches and lectures.
Pacific Disaster Net is an online information disaster risk management resource for Pacific island states. It hosts a library of reports and publications on governance, risk assessment, early warning and training, as well as real-time information and satellite imagery on disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, fires, tsunamis and epidemic outbreaks.
Practical Action aims to alleviate poverty by improving access to technologies and knowledge in poor communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. It works in collaboration with communities, and campaigns for change in policies and systems of innovation.
The website contains information on completed and existing projects, upcoming events, and blog posts discussing relevant issues. It also offers an extensive document library of position papers, manuals and reports.
This website reflects the activities of Practical Action's New Technologies programme. It links to news, briefing papers, reports and articles about nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology — with particular emphasis on how these affect people in developing countries. The website also provides information on the organisation's individual projects, including the use of nanotechnology to provide clean drinking water and the use of telecentres and podcasting to disseminate information in poor areas. And readers can participate in discussions about new technologies and their potential role in development through the website's blog.
The Responsible Nano Forum is a non-profit charity that publishes information on the opportunities and risks presented by nanotechnology, aiming to improve public understanding of this subject and encourage public participation in the debate.
The forum runs public engagement programmes and hosts debates on the social and ethical issues of using nanotechnology.
This charity brings researchers and organisations together to find science-based solutions to problems such as disaster relief and water sanitation in the developing world. Its website provides an overview of activities including a green charcoal project in Uganda, a soil fertility improvement project in Peru and a water purification project in Thailand. Links to its partners and details on how to get involved are available.
This nongovernmental organisation explicitly engages with human rights-based approaches to science, technology, and development. It has recently established the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program, which develops the normative frameworks through which the international community examines how human rights-based approaches relate to science, technology, law and policy. The organisation is actively involved in human rights standard-setting and capacity building in parts of the developing world. It is also at the forefront of using new satellite-based technologies for tracking human rights violations. Details of these programmes and links to relevant publications are available on the website.
The Honey Bee Network brings together innovators, academics, policymakers, entrepreneurs and nongovernmental organisations to collect, document, and disseminate innovations and practices at the grassroots level. These range from traditional crops and agricultural techniques to machines that reduce labour inputs or costs.
The website provides access to an innovation database containing ideas, inventions and traditional knowledge practices; a newsletter published in seven Indian languages and English; and innovation competitions. Twice each year, members of the organisation participate in the Shodh Yatra journey in which they visit rural communities to identify and document examples of unrecognised local ingenuity.
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts in the United States, is dedicated to minimising the possible risks of nanotechnologies as these technologies advance and ensuring public engagement in decision-making.
It publishes research results and meeting reports on topics such as agriculture and food, medicine and water treatment. The project also publishes news on its own projects and other key developments, and lists relevant events, mostly in the United States. A photo gallery provides access to images of some nano-based products and events.
This organisation helps commercial nuclear power plants ensure safety and reliability through independent peer reviews, technical support, access to information that allows operators to learn from others' experience, and sharing of professional development activities. The website outlines the organisation's main services and publishes relevant reports, including documents about nuclear power performance indicators. Some of the publications are also available in French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
The World Nuclear University aims to improve training and leadership for those involved in the peaceful use of nuclear technologies by offering courses in current issues facing the nuclear industry. It is supported by governments, academia and industry. The website publishes information about available courses, which vary in length from one day to six weeks, as well as other training programmes, information about sponsorship for applicants from developing countries, and relevant publications.