Bringing science and development together through news and analysis

  • Emerging economies catching up on innovation and R&D


The commonly held idea that developing countries need to catch up economically with the Western world before they consider investing in their own research and development (R&D) has been questioned by a report released last week (14 December).

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) 'Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2010' says that "increasingly, countries as diverse as China, South Africa, Indonesia and Vietnam are developing broad-based innovation strategies that encompass existing and new technologies, as well as social innovations".

Mario Cervantes, a senior economist in the OECD's science and technology division said: "There is a more global and pragmatic approach to science, technology and innovation (ST&I) development in emerging countries than there was".

In the past this was based only on technology transfer between the developed world and poor countries. Now, however, fast-growing developing countries are also helping the less well-off to develop their ST&I.

This increasing South–South cooperation is "is hastening the ability of developing countries to innovate, to face global challenges including energy supplies and climate change, and to fight against poverty," said Cervantes.

Link to full article in Nature

Link to 'The OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2010' report

We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.