The OECD Innovation Strategy: further information
The Innovation Strategy
What are patent families? What is the impact of adopting one definition or another? Are some definitions of patent families better suited than others for certain uses in statistical and economic analysis?
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Agricultural and health biotechnologies: Building blocks of the bioeconomy
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Biotechnologies in Agriculture and Related Natural Resources to 2015
This is the second edition of the technical guidelines used in the framework of the Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) project, building on the experience from the first large-scale data collection.
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Human Health Biotechnologies to 2015
An issue of the OECD Journal, "Agricultural and health biotechnologies: Building blocks of the bioeconomy”, has been published.
The 2009 edition of STAN Indicators is available. It gathers a wide range of annual indicators for 1970-2008, drawn from STAN for Structural Analysis , STAN Bilateral Trade Database (BTD) and STAN A
Information communication technologies (ICTs) are crucial to reducing poverty, improving access to health and education services and creating new sources of income and employment for the poor. Being able to access and use ICTs has become a major factor in driving competitiveness, economic growth and social development. In the last decade, ICTs, particularly mobile phones, have also opened up new channels for the free flow of ideas and opinions, thereby promoting democracy and human rights.
The OECD and infoDev joined forces at a workshop on 10-11 September 2009 to examine some of the main challenges in reducing the discrepancies in access to ICTs and use of ICTs between developing countries. The workshop discussed best practices for more coherent and collaborative approaches in support of poverty reduction and meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
There is much work to be done on improving policy coherence and there is a need to engage more actively with partner countries. Making the most of ICTs requires that they are seen as part of innovation for development, rather than just another development tool.
This publication examines access to ICTs, as a precondition to their use; broadband Internet access and governments' role in making it available; developments in mobile payments; ICT security issues; ICTs for improving environmental performance; and the relative priority of ICTs in education.
For more information
The OECD/infoDev workshop on ICTs for Development: www.oecd.org/ICT/4D
OECD work on Policy Coherence for Development: www.oecd.org/development/policycoherence