This week's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) discussions have had a common theme of sharing and scaling up successful initiatives to reach more people. We absolutely must raise visibility and promote successful programs, but we also need the tools and data to effectively take good initiatives and innovative solutions to the masses. Integration of science and technology must be at the forefront of any development initiative if we are to maximize impact of our work, and credibly leverage development solutions to leaders across sectors.
It is why today's "Science, Technology and Innovation Forum" hosted by The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and USAID is so relevant to the development dialogue and debate that has prevailed this week. The Forum will demonstrate the integration of better science, technology, and innovation to solve today's most pressing needs using frugal, high-impact, life-saving and income-producing products and technologies.
During the event USAID Adminstrator Rajiv Shah will unveil USAID's roadmap for science and technology and announce USAID's Grand Challenges for Development strategy, designed to solve some of the most difficult development problems facing the poor in all parts of the world.
Ellis Rubinstein, President of the New York Academy of Sciences and Shaifali Puri, Executive Director of Scientists Without Borders will discuss the exciting new platform of Scientists Without Borders, a web-based collaborative community dedicated to generating, sharing, and advancing innovative science and technology-based solutions to the world's most pressing global development challenges.
A key component of the Forum will be an interactive science fair to showcase the innovations and technologies which have significant life-saving and income-producing impact or potential.
We'll be sharing highlights from the Forum, more on the NYAS Scientists Without Borders platform, and an ongoing discussion on the role of science and innovation in tackling development challenges.