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Human Development Report 2001

Making New Technologies Work for Human Development

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New technologies hold the promise of tackling the most pressing needs of human development: vaccines for HIV and malaria, drought-resistant seeds for sub-Saharan Africa, sustainable energy sources for the 2 billion people who have no access to electricity and accessible information technologies for people currently marginalized by the digital divide. The Human Development Report 2001 explores the evolving and complex trends of how technology is shaped, created and owned and proposes bold new ideas for ensuring that the needs of the world's poor people are not left on the sidelines.

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Global initiatives to create technologies for human development

Today’s technological transformations are pushing forward the frontiers of medicine, communications, agriculture, energy and sources of dynamic growth. Moreover, such advances have a global reach: a breakthrough in one country can be used around the world. The human genome, mapped primarily by researchers in the United Kingdom and the United States, is equally valuable for biotechnological research the world over. The Internet was created in the United States, but its cost-slashing consequences for information and communications enhance people’s opportunities in every country.

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