This is the beginning of a conversation.
Through the history of international development, a small number of breakthrough technologies have had transformative impact: the polio vaccine; the new seed varieties which launched the Asian Green Revolution; anti-retroviral drugs which appear to have rendered HIV/AIDS a chronic and manageable disease; and more recently, the M-PESA mobile payments platform.
Such major breakthroughs are rare. The truth is that far too much of the effort is focused on incremental technologies which—despite compelling narratives, significant funding, and considerable media hype—fail to reach any reasonable scale or impact.
Why? Because there is limited broad understanding of the underlying issues, and the role of technology. Decision-makers—donors, social impact investors, program officers, employees in government agencies, practitioners working in NGOs—often make their decisions without adequate information or analysis.
The main purpose of the 50 Breakthroughs study is to identify where game-changing technologies are most required.
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