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Science for Technology for Development

An Expanded Programme of Scientific Co-operation in the Commonwealth

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‘One cannot expect economic or social development unless a country has some technology and innovation; There cannot be a healthy programme of applied technological research unless there is some continuing basic research in progress as well.’ - Extracts from the Report.



This is the report of an expert group of scientists established by the Commonwealth Science Council to explore ways and means of promoting an expanded programme of scientific co-operation. Their remit was to examine and identify key issues for expanding cooperative scientific and technological programmes in the Commonwealth, especially in new emerging areas with major significance for the development efforts of member countries in the next 10-20 years.

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Implementation and Action Plan

We have been advised on the various ways in which these programmes and projects could be implemented, whether through regional programmes, projects, special networks, special coordinators or steering committees. We have both noted the variety of research, training and activities to disseminate information that these projects involve and also the steps in implementation of special programmes (See Volume on ‘Background Papers’ CSC(84)EG-2). Though it will be necessary to ensure the involvement of good, committed scientists from the various research and development sectors, if the Council's purpose in this expanded programme of science for technology for development is to be achieved, we do not see any necessity for drastic changes in the implementation of future programmes.

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