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Many of the world's great problems emerge from the inequitable global distribution of resources.

Donald Kennedy argues that innovation is an essential element in development, and that as such "science-rich" nations have an obligation to share their knowledge with those who most need it in the developing world.

SciDev.Net, he says, joins a broader movement that seeks to align the scientific enterprises of the West with the needs of the Rest. The ultimate objective is to distribute economic and social opportunity more evenly in the world, and that is a purpose in which the best science has a vital role to play.

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Reference: Science 294, 2053 (2001)