Technologies and Innovations for Development

Scientific Cooperation for a Sustainable Future

  • Jean-Claude Bolay
  • Magali Schmid
  • Gabriela Tejada
  • Eileen Hazboun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Key Note Speakers - UNESCO Chair International Scientific Conference on Technologies for Development

  4. Urban Planning and Cities: The Conditions for an Effective Ownership of Technologies in Urban Areas

  5. Construction and Housing: Cracks in Sustainable Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-85
    2. Daniel Pittet, K. S. Jagadish, Tejas Kotak, Kiran Vaghela, Pratik Zaveri, Humaira Sareshwala et al.
      Pages 113-128
  6. Vulnerabilities: At the Heart of the Risk

  7. Network Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-184
    2. Ibrahima Niang, Cyrille Demanou, Samba Ndiaye, Papa Dame Ba
      Pages 185-195
    3. T. V. Prabhakar, H. S. Jamadagni, Hendrik Knoche, P. R. Sheshagiri Rao
      Pages 197-210
  8. Information Systems

  9. Sustainable Energy Production

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 329-333

About this book


Technological innovation – combined with scientific research – has always constituted a driving force of transformation in our societies.  At the same time, it is no longer simply possible to transfer technologies from the North to the South; it is also essential to consider technical innovations that are adapted to the social, environmental, cultural and economic conditions of receiving countries, and which can be appropriated by their potential users and as such prove to be real technologies for fostering development. 

The first International Scientific Conference on the topic organized by the UNESCO Chair Technologies for Development at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 2010 focused on its four priority sectors: Technologies for Sustainable Development of Habitat and Cities, ICTs for the Environment, Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction, and Technologies for the Production of Sustainable Energy.

This volume reflects the main outcomes of the conference and provides some significant orientation and success criteria for the effective implementation and use of innovative technologies, their aims, their particular applications in the context of developing countries, their accessibility for users, and their appropriation by producers and stakeholders in the field of development both in the North and South, thus ensuring their sustainability. This kind of scientific cooperation also highlights the added values for northern researchers in sharing their knowledge and know-how, leading to a real win-win partnership.


The authors gathered within this book include representatives from academic and research institutions and other organizations from diverse countries and offer a significant synergy of competences, approaches and disciplines.


North South partnership/collaboration Sustainable development Technologies: innovation, transfer, appropriation Ubanization: env. impact, building tech., sus. housing Vulnerabilities; adaptaption strategies

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Claude Bolay
    • 1
  • Magali Schmid
    • 2
  • Gabriela Tejada
    • 3
  • Eileen Hazboun
    • 4
  1. 1., VPAA - Cooperation and Development CentrEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. Lausanne, Microelectronic Systems Lab.Ecole Polytechnique FederaleLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3., VPAA/Cooperation and Development CentreEPFLLausanneSwitzerland
  4. 4., VPAA/Cooperation and Development CentreEPFLLausanneSwitzerland

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