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The Asia-Pacific region has become a key driver of global politics and economics. Asia represents over half the world’s population, and is the most dynamic and fastest growing region in the world, experiencing robust economic growth, rapid technological change and increasing interconnectivity. However, Asia also faces critical development challenges in areas like the environment and natural resources management, disaster risk reduction and infectious diseases that cross national borders. USAID seeks to increase the application of science, technology, innovation and partnerships (STIP) to achieve, sustain and extend the Agency’s development impact in Asia. To this end, USAID supports a range of activities and events in Asia.
To catalyze increased engagement between the development and science and technology communities we are launching a Frontiers in STIP workshop series:
The first event in the Frontiers in STIP workshop series, this event will bring the science and technology sector together with the development community in a novel way to discuss the rising challenges and opportunities facing Asia as the result of rapid urbanization and climate change. The objective of the workshop is to accelerate urban climate change adaptation by bridging science-to-action knowledge gaps and encouraging partnerships between city officials, technology innovators, development planners, academic researchers and implementers.
The second event in the Frontiers in STIP workshop series will focus on impact, scale and partnerships for using mobile tools for development. The forum is an opportunity for the mobile technology and international development communities, including local technology firms, USAID implementing partners, donors and others who are developing or using mobiles for development, to network.
Scaling Impact Summit
As part of its Frontiers in STIP workshop series, USAID is hosting an interactive summit on March 9 and 10, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, that will focus on partnering to scale innovations to achieve, sustain and extend development impacts. The forum will bring together development professionals with academia, entrepreneurs and private sector partners to explore potentially game-changing innovations that address development challenges and ways in which we can most effectively work together to evaluate and accelerate adoption of promising innovations.
Additionally, to increase the application of STIP to development challenges across the region, USAID supports several other activities in Asia:
The Lower Mekong basin is rich in biodiversity. However, in many areas there are considerable knowledge gaps regarding existing biodiversity and the threats it faces. Through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, USAID is supporting three regional networks of scientists to better understand some of Asia’s most pressing biodiversity challenges.
SERVIR Mekong equips governments, regional institutions and other key stakeholders in the Lower Mekong countries to employ publicly-available satellite imagery and geospatial technologies such as mapping and analysis software. This information is essential for improving environmental management and building greater resilience to the negative effects of climate change.
The ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program, which is managed by in partnership with the United States Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), places scientists in ASEAN ministries and helps the region’s countries make greater use of science, technology and objective analysis to improve public policy and support national development. The inaugural class of fellows is working on a range of policy matters related to biodiversity, climate change, reducing disaster risks, health and water management.
Last updated: February 11, 2015