Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Policy Approaches for Least Developed Countries

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Despite consensus on the transformative potential of STI, there remains a lack of clarity on how Least Developed Countries (LDCs) can effectively implement it for inclusive and sustainable development. With limited financial resources it is not feasible for LDCs to simply invest significantly in research and development (R&D) activity and develop world-class universities and infrastructure. This publication highlights key innovation polices which have the potential to enable LDCs to reap the benefits of innovation in a cost effective manner.




This publication is an extract from the ESCAP publication Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific which was prepared under the overall direction and guidance of Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Hongjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary, provided valuable advice and comments. The publication was coordinated by a core team under the direction of Susan F. Stone, Director of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division. The core team, led by Jonathan Wong, included Teemu Puutio and Luca Parisotto. Phadnalin Ngernlim, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, undertook all administrative processing necessary for the issuance and launch of the publication.


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