University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2009

(2009 Cambridge, UK) “Would You Prefer a Mobile Phone or a Toilet?”, University of Cambridge

“Would You Prefer a Mobile Phone or a Toilet?”

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) and Dr Shoba Arun (Manchester Metropolitan University
Monday 26 October 2009
HouseMcCrum Lecture Theatre

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.

This talk was part of the The Triple Helix Lecture Series.