Found 19 article(s) for author 'Calestous Juma'

2015 Pardee Distinguished Lecture Featuring Calestous Juma

2015 Pardee Distinguished Lecture Featuring Calestous Juma. Calestous Juma, April 15, 2015, Video. “Calestous Juma, an internationally recognized authority on the role of science, technology, engineering and innovation in sustainable development, delivered the 2015 Pardee Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future on April 14. Prof. Juma, Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project and Professor of the Practice of International Development (on leave) at the Harvard Kennedy School, presented an address titled ‘Technological Innovation and Development: Long-Range Perspectives for Africa.’” Link

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Africa Rebooting

Africa Rebooting. Calestous Juma, April 2015, Paper. “Strong demand for raw materials, especially by China, and a growth in consumption by an expanding middle class has driven Africa’s growth in the past decade. Seeking sustainability, policymakers are shifting their attention from raw materials to an economic outlook that is driven by technological innovation. The 10-year Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024) recently adopted by the African Union (AU) embodies this vision. Its mission is to ‘accelerate Africa’s transition to an innovation-led, knowledge-based economy.’ The strategy is part of the longerterm Agenda 2063 – the AU’s development vision and action plan…” Link

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The 3D printing revolution

The 3D printing revolution. Calestous Juma, March 6, 2015, Opinion. “Africa is on the cusp of the next digital revolution. In February, a young Togolese entrepreneur, Afate Gnikou, stunned the world by winning first prize at the 10th International Conference of Barcelona’s Fabrication Laboratory. The winning technology was a 3D printer. The design did not come from one of Africa’s top universities or research institutes. Gnikou and his team assembled their prize-winning printer from electronic waste collected in dumpsites around the Togolese capital of Lomé. This story demonstrates the advantages of being a latecomer. Gnikou was able to leapfrog to the frontiers of technological innovation mostly because of the large bodies of scientific and technical knowledge that are freely available today…” Link

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Agricultural Innovation in Africa: How to Feed 9 Billion

Agricultural Innovation in Africa: How to Feed 9 Billion. Calestous Juma, January 21, 2015, Video. “What is your solution for feeding the world? Calestous Juma’s bet is on technological innovations in agriculture. The Belfer Center and Gates Foundation invite you to join the conversation that Bill and Melinda started and tell us your ideas for feeding the world. How? Post a video or simply tweet at @calestous or using #GatesLetter with your big bet to help feed the world. But first, go read the letter: http://gates.ly/agri2015.” Link

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Taking Root: Global Trends in Agricultural Biotechnology

Taking Root: Global Trends in Agricultural Biotechnology. Calestous Juma, January 2015, Paper. “Nearly two decades of experience have shown that agricultural biotechnology has the potential to address some of the world’s pressing challenges. Its potential, however, cannot be addressed in isolation. Instead it should be part of a larger effort to expand the technological options needed to address persistent and emerging agricultural challenges. The aim of this paper is to review the evidence on global trends in the application of agricultural biotechnology and identify some of their salient benefits. The paper is cognizant that biotechnology alone…Link

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3 Questions: Calestous Juma on African development

3 Questions: Calestous Juma on African development. Calestous Juma, September 23, 2014, Opinion. “How can Africa find new ways to spark economic growth? That is the focus of a wide-ranging public symposium hosted by the Center for International Studies as part of its Starr Forum event series. The event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Whitehead Institute’s McGovern Auditorium, and is organized in collaboration with the MIT Africa Interest Group. MIT News discussed the issue with Calestous Juma, the event’s moderator…” Link

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Juma on Piketty’s Capital: can Africa avoid the trap of unequal growth?

Juma on Piketty’s Capital: can Africa avoid the trap of unequal growth?, Calestous Juma, July 2, 2014, Opinion. “The revival of Africa’s economic fortunes has ushered in a new mood of optimism. ‘Africa Rising’ has become shorthand for describing emerging trends. It is a hopeful mood that is driven mostly by reference to aggregate figures. The most critical question is not whether Africa will sustain its growth or not. It is whether it can avoid the trap of unequal growth that is so vividly described in Thomas Piketty’s bestselling book: Capital in the 21st Century…” Link

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How African Innovation Can Take on the World

How African Innovation Can Take on the World. Calestous Juma, August 6, 2013, Opinion. “In this period of gloomy economic forecasts, Africa’s rise has become a widely discussed international policy topic. The sweeping optimism about Africa’s economic prospects has been reinforced by 2013 projections that the continent will grow faster than the world average. The content of the growth, however, has been a source of discomfort among African leaders. They worry that this growth is linked to a commodity boom which is fueled largely by China’s demand…” Link Verified October 12, 2014

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Here are ways to make agriculture Africa’s best economic alternative

Here are ways to make agriculture Africa’s best economic alternative. Calestous Juma, July 19, 2013, Article. “Recently, Professor Calestous Juma, Faculty Chair of Harvard Kennedy School and the author of the ‘New Harvest: Agricultural innovation in Africa’ gave an inspiring lecture on Agricultural innovation in Africa at The Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in Dar es Salaam. Professor Juma who directs the ‘Agricultural Innovation in Africa’ project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was on the view that agricultural innovation is a critical starting point for industrial…”  Link 

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