Developing countries are increasingly recognising the importance of science in developing their economies, and the challenges that entails.
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The African Scientific Network is a US-based organisation that aims to foster a bond between African scientists abroad (it has over 2000 members), and to facilitate collaboration with scientific activities in Africa. Its three main activities are the "African Scientific CD-ROM project", two "Physics in Africa Session", and the establishment of over 20 discipline-based groups and several alumni group.
The ATPS is a multidisciplinary network of researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders interested in generating, promoting and strengthening innovative technology and industrial policies in Africa. It provides small grants for research on science and technology policy in sub-Saharan countries and disseminates results through publications, workshops, conferences and the Internet. The network also organises training for policymakers, legislators, researchers and leaders in the private sector.
Ashoka supports social entrepreneurs — people committed to solving social problems with innovative ideas — to influence policymakers and bring about social change. Ashoka's network includes business entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors, academics, and journalists who work together to build infrastructure, such as access to financing and connections between business and academia,
The website publishes detailed information on Ashoka's activities including articles, blogs, video and audio. It also provides access to a directory of fellows (entrepreneurs) working in 60 countries and across sectors.
This network aims to pool, analyse and share information on nuclear energy as well as practical experience to help improve knowledge and regional cooperation on nuclear safety in Asian countries. It has hubs in China, Korea and Japan, and five national centres in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The website provides information on nuclear power in Asian countries on topics that include waste management, emergency preparedness and education and training. It also publishes newsletters that report on relevant training workshops and meetings.
The ADEA website provides a forum for policymakers, educators and researchers to discuss education policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. It encourages dialogue and links between African education ministries and external partners through the ADEA secretariat and working group meetings — all activities, materials and presentations are available online.
ADEA publishes articles, books, papers, and reports on the development of education in Africa. It also hosts databases, including contact information for development agencies and African education ministries.
The Commission is an intergovernmental and international organisation aimed at the uplift of developing countries through applications of science and technology. Established in 1994 at the instigation of Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, it has 21 member countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It runs meetings and workshops as well as a network of centres of excellence in selected areas of science and technology.
Fab@Home is an open-source project where users from around the world collaborate to create machines that can produce objects, including foods, on demand using only a computer. It offers all the information and technical advice needed to create a homemade 3D printer, and by providing open-source blueprints and software, the project allows complex designs to be produced without specialist skills and equipment.
The website publishes a blog and discussion board for members to share ideas and information. It also provides a library of designs compatible with 3D printers, lists of suppliers of necessary parts and discussion forums to help guide users through the process.
The International Federation for Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) is the largest international coalition of human rights organisations. It works closely with UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the US State Department, the European Commission, governments and ministries to defend civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. This includes protection of the rights of students, scientists and academics around the world. The website publishes information about the organisation's work by issue and region, as well as latest news and reports about human rights violations. It also provides information about ways to get involved and on the organisation's impact.
The Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology is a science diplomacy organisation that aims to improve innovation and enhance education, research and policy through a network of more than 100,000 Fulbright alumni. The organisation provides opportunities for collaboration and networking — from large annual conferences to small select workshops — and hosts collaborative research projects on policy and education.
This organisation aims to encourage dialogue and the sharing of good practice by policymakers and opinion leaders on the future of agricultural growth in Africa. It covers topic areas such as climate change, land use, policy processes and science, technology and innovation. The website publishes free to access publications, lists of relevant events and fellowships, and online discussions on issues including small-scale agriculture. It also provides access to resources for policy engagement, such as policy briefs, and a regularly updated list of relevant organisations and websites.
This network, supported by the UN Environment Programme, brings together researchers from 20 'centres of excellence' across the developing world to share knowledge on energy, development and environment issues. It publishes information on its activities and links to each of its member centres. It includes a list of publications, from policy briefs to technical or meeting reports.
The Global Research Alliance is an organisation comprised of industrial research and technology transfer entities from nine countries, in both the North and the South, committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. GRA aims to undertake large-scale, large-impact projects for societal benefits, exploit organisational synergies, promote innovation and develop global knowledge networks for industrial competitiveness. Headquartered at CSIR (South Africa), it focuses on areas such as water, energy, indigenous knowledge, health, transportation and digital futures. Members include Battelle (United States), CSIR (India), CSIR (South Africa), CSIRO (Australia), Danish Technological Institute (Denmark), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Germany) SIRIM Berhad, TNO (Netherlands), and VTT Technical Research Centre (Finland).
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.