Rapid technological innovation has been a key driver behind many of the world’s economic and social progress over the last century. Although this has created a lot of wealth for some, it has also led to poverty and other problems. Now that the problem is being faced head on and the solutions have been created, why is it that some of these technological innovations have gone unchecked?
Economic Development, Policy Brief: As the global south suffers with some of the most serious poverty and hunger issues of the 21st century, sustainable economic growth is an ever increasing concern. Technological advancements have been a driving force behind technological innovations that have allowed humans to become much more mobile and allowed them to produce more goods and services at a much faster rate. However, many of these technological innovations, especially Information Technology, were not properly implemented in the developing world, resulting in some very serious consequences. For example, the internet did not become available in the developing nations until broadband access became affordable to all. Similarly, many technological innovations, such as mobile phones, did not make it to the people in the developing world because they were not introduced through proper economic development initiatives.
Global Health Inroads, Policy Brief: Health care is becoming one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century. The main drivers behind this are concerns about nutrition and fitness and issues related to maintaining current health levels and preventing illness. Now, the health challenges are being addressed through technological innovations. One example of this is the introduction of the HPV vaccine in the United States, which has helped to reduce the prevalence of genital warts in the country.
Settlement Studies, Policy Brief: Over the last couple of decades, there have been a number of technological breakthroughs that have resulted in new types of settlements, such as in the agricultural sector. Some of these new types of settlements involved improvements in the way that farmers were able to manage their fields more effectively. There were also some major changes made in the manner that farmers were paid for their crops. One example of this would be the incorporation of value engineering into agricultural settlements, which facilitated a more efficient method for compensating farmers for their losses due to crop failures.
Technological Solutions for Social Development, Policy Brief: Technological innovations may also play a role in addressing some of the major social development challenges that the world is facing today. One example of this would be the introduction of microenterprise enterprises. Microenterprise enterprises are small businesses that are designed to solve problems that are specific to a particular community. Through technological innovations, these social enterprises may be able to provide services that consumers require and that have not previously been offered by local firms.
Policy Developments, Trends and Recommendations: Technological developments also have an impact on the policy development and trends related to the promotion of technological innovations. These include both national and local governments. At the national level, there have been policy initiatives and programs that have promoted the use of new technologies. In some instances, national governments have introduced policies that seek to mitigate the negative effects that new technologies and innovations can have on the quality of life and the economic security of local communities.
Two upcoming policy initiatives that are being considered by various government departments include the Federal Pell Grant and the Urban Technology Grant. The Federal Pell Grant program seeks to support students who are unable to afford higher education. In line with this program, researchers and technological experts from various colleges and universities have been invited to present papers on their research and advancements on key topics and areas of technology. This initiative has been seen as a great contribution to the fight against inequality and poverty among people of different ethnic backgrounds and to promote a more inclusive type of economic growth among urban youth.
On the other hand, the Urban Technology Grant is a program initiated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that seeks to support the creation and development of informal settlements and villages in cities like New Orleans. Although informal settlements were initially created as temporary solutions for the overcrowding and developmental issues faced by people living in inner cities, they have now grown into a self-sustaining system. These settlements thrive by providing job opportunities, educational services, recreational facilities, health services and other such necessities to its residents. The recent developments in the fields of artificial intelligence and computer science, along with advances in technology and science and environmental issues, have led to the rise of this innovative solution for reducing the environmental impact of informal settlements.