Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.
Inclusive and sustainable industrial development is the primary source of income generation, allows for rapid and sustained increases in living standards for all people, and provides the technological solutions to environmentally sound industrialization.
Technological progress is the foundation of efforts to achieve environmental objectives, such as increased resource and energy-efficiency. Without technology and innovation, industrialization will not happen, and without industrialization, development will not happen.
The Miracle on the Han
Delve into the radically successful (and radically different) post-industrial culture of South Korea, critical to understanding the true benefits and costs of economic growth.
DEVELOPMENT PATHWAYS IN LATIN AMERICA
We experience the vital and vibrant nation of Argentina, the perfect context for considering development models and the role of external forces in mitigating (or exacerbating) crisis.
SUSTAINABILITY AND CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS
We explore the industrial and political achievements in Uruguay that have resulted in 95 percent of the country’s energy coming from renewable sources.
TECHNOLOGY: Solving and sparking Issues
We explore the benefits (and dangers) of technological solutions for industrial problems in Japan, including the post-Fukushima landscape.
TRACING INTERNATIONAL TRADE
In Colombia, we trace coffee, pottery, and ‘mochilas’ back through various processors and middlemen to their initial source, learning about the impact of trade policies on each stage of the value chain.