Cultural Industries: the new frontier for development efforts?
The use of national cultural goods as sources of revenue is an intriguing area, with benefits ranging from increased income to the preservation of national identities and different cultures. FORO further explains the importance of "cultural industries."
Sources:FORO July 2010, pg. 3
Bangladesh losing their highly skilled hand weavers to cheap mass produced goods
Bangladesh is suffering from a declining hand weaving industry and facing increased unemployment, urban migration, and landless farming as a result. Could intellectual property tools be the key?
“The decline in the sector [hand weaving], and the resulting impoverishment of highly skilled workers, is likely to continue and sharpen in the next few years. This is due to a continuation of factors, including high prices of raw materials and a lack of market for high-end woven goods due to the entry of low-cost ready made garments.
Sources:Strategic Foresight Group, May 2011, pgs 2-3:
World Bank IP work, links on the bottom available for further reading
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“Textile Exports May Touch $24 Billion in 2010-11.” The Economic Times. 23 May 2010.
Raaja, Vasugi. “Indian Weaving Industry: An Overview.” The Textile Magazine. 25 January 2011.
Indian R&D positioned to innovate second hand
The Strategic Foresight Group writes,
"Research & Development of emerging technologies in India is expected to be focused on cost reduction through process innovation of products and technologies developed elsewhere in the world. The prospects of original inventions appear dismal, despite 2010– 2020 having been declared as the ‘Decade of Innovation’ by the Indian Government." Compared to China, India files a paltry handful of patent applications.
Sources:The Strategic Foresight Group, Nov 2010, page 2: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_July2010.pdf#page=2
‘Decade of Innovation’. Press Release by Department of Science and Technology of India. March
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‘The worst luck in the world? The heart disease mutation carried by 60 million people’. Press
Release by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.
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Confederation of Indian Industry. August 2010.