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USAID Plans to Emphasize Science, Technology (Energy and Environment News)

September 9, 2010

The Energy and Environment News quotes visiting fellow Tom Bollyky on USAID's renewed focus on new technologies.

From the article:

While some welcome USAID taking this approach, others are wary of the agency spending too much on research and getting swept away by high-tech gadgets.

"I think there's risk here of solutions, as opposed to problems, driving approaches," said Tom Bollyky, a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. "[There's] a risk that you'll go towards the sexy solution as opposed to the low-cost, tried-and-true solution for addressing a development issue."

Instead of spending millions of dollars on clinical trials itself, the government would be more effective by creating enabling environments that promote private-sector innovation, Bollyky said.

Read the article.