Developing local environmental ingenuity


There are two kinds of "ingenuity": (1) new technologies that help us respond to scarcity (hybrid grains, water irrigation technologies, fuelwood conservation technologies); (2) "social" ingenuity, meaning the social adaptations in form of social institutions (like efficient markets, clear property rights, financial institutions that can provide sufficient capital to entrepreneurs trying to respond to scarcities).

In order to deliver "ingenuity" (to help build local capacity to address problems), overseas development funding from developed countries must be maintained for critical research institutions in developing countries. It is important to build technical capacity in developing countries by sharing expertise in engineering, hydrologics, soil science, forestry, etc. This requires not only training people from developing countries overseas, but also creating well-financed educational and research institutions in developing countries that will attract students back to their home countries when their studies abroad are completed. Developed countries must recognize and promote the important work of NGOs in developing countries and help them to improve inter-NGO communication (by providing them with computers, E-mail, etc.). There has been a tendency in development programmes to focus on large scale, capital intensive projects instead of encouraging the high returns of small projects.

Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal