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"Would You Prefer a Mobile Phone or a Toilet?"

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  • UserDr David Grimshaw (Head of International Programme - New Technologies, Practical Action), Professor Geoff Walsham (University of Cambridge, Judge Business School), Dr Allam Ahmed (University of Sussex) and Dr Shoba Arun (Manchester Metropolitan University
  • ClockMonday 26 October 2009, 19:30-21:00
  • HouseMcCrum Lecture Theatre (behind the Eagle pub).

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Technology has been touted as the panacea for the challenges facing developing countries. However, with limited resources, there is a need to prioritise and economise. Should we focus technological R&D on affordable basic infrastructure, or would it be more expedient to haul communities out of poverty “on the end of an ethernet cable”?

This interdisciplinary event will examine case studies of technological advancement in the Third World, evaluate the socioeconomic impact of these and discuss future possibilities. Refreshments will be available after the talk and Q&A session.

Panel: Dr David Grimshaw (Head of International Programme – New Technologies, Practical Action) Professor Geoff Walsham (University of Cambridge, Judge Business School) Dr Allam Ahmed (University of Sussex) Dr Shoba Arun (Manchester Metropolitan University).

This talk is part of the The Triple Helix Lecture Series series.

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