Technologies for Development

What is Essential?

  • Silvia Hostettler
  • Eileen Hazboun
  • Jean-Claude Bolay
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Innovative Technologies for Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Clémence Ranquet Bouleau, Theo Baracchini, Guillermo Barrenetxea, Alexandre Repetti, Jean-Claude Bolay
      Pages 19-31
    3. Balaji Parthasarathy, Yuko Aoyama, Niveditha Menon
      Pages 55-69
  4. Open Source-Open Access-Open Innovation

  5. Medical Technologies for the Global South

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Andrea Beratarrechea, Rebecca Kanter, Francisco Diez-Canseco, Ariel Fernandez, Manuel Ramirez-Zea, Jaime Miranda et al.
      Pages 119-127
    3. Ricardo Chavarriaga, Manuel Valencia, Maria Hurtado, Marcela Bolaños, Jaime Aguilar-Zambrano
      Pages 129-136
    4. Samuel Hamner, Vinesh Narayan, Nicole Rappin, Krista Donaldson
      Pages 137-151
  6. Impact Assessment of Technologies for Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Ashok J. Gadgil, Temina Madon
      Pages 167-171
    3. Craig Beech, Marina Faber, Arlene Herbst, Denton Joachim
      Pages 173-183
    4. Arvind Raghu, Devarsetty Praveen, David Peiris, Lionel Tarassenko, Gari Clifford
      Pages 199-209
    5. Daniel Lawrence Wilson, Mohammed Idris Adam, Omnia Abbas, Jeremy Coyle, Angeli Kirk, Javier Rosa et al.
      Pages 211-221

About these proceedings


The book presents case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America addressing global development issues in the fields of health, energy, ICT and urbanism in an interdisciplinary way. The book illustrates key issues at the interface of technology, human, social, and economic development. Bringing together the best papers of the 2014 EPFL-UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development, this book explores innovative technologies in the global South. It will be a valuable reference for researchers from engineering, natural sciences, information management, quantitative social sciences, and business faculties, as well as for development practitioners and policy makers.

It shows the development potential of technologies, and discusses successful processes to develop and deploy them, as well how to evaluate their impact. The introduction to the book begins with a reflection on key issues regarding technologies for development. The following four sections focus on; (i) Innovative Technologies for Development, (ii) Open Source-Open Access-Open Innovation, (iii) Medical Technologies for the Global South, and (iv) Impact Assessment of Technologies for Development. Individual chapters explore issues such as a need for solid standards for newly developed technologies, how to successfully up-scale technology to a larger region, and how to involve private industry in the development of a technology.


Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Development Engineering (DevEng) Development in the Global South EPFL-UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development Energy Global Development Issues Health Impact of Technologies for Development Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) Innovative Technologies in the Global South Medical Devices Open Source Technologies for Development Reducing Poverty in the Global South Tech4Dev Urbanism

Editors and affiliations

  • Silvia Hostettler
    • 1
  • Eileen Hazboun
    • 2
  • Jean-Claude Bolay
    • 3
  1. 1.Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16246-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16247-8
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