South to North Knowledge Flow


Some examples of South to North knowledge transfer, from a post on (plus one extra example). What other examples do you know of?

From Bangladesh – Microfinance programs (not actually invented by Prof Yunus, but pioneered by his Grameen Bank as an effective tool in development).

From Curitiba, Brazil – Bus Rapid Transit Systems (see Curitiba transportation on Appropedia)

From Brazil & Mexico – Conditional Cash Transfer* programs, using welfare as an incentive to encourage specific actions to reduce poverty, e.g. in health and education  (see the Wikipedia article).

From Colombia – “Cicolovía,” car-free streets for biking, walking, and other activities, on specific days or .

From Cuba – Alphabetization program for literacy,* “Yo Sí Puedo”

From Kenya – using SMS and the web to improve crisis response, pioneered by Ushahidi. (See Mobile phones in development and disaster management.)

And the additional example:

From Bangladesh, again – Oral rehydration therapy.

Do you have other examples? Please leave a comment.

*These pages are stubs on Appropedia, which means they’re very brief and need to be expanded. Can you add a sentence, a paragraph, or a high quality link?

2 thoughts on “South to North Knowledge Flow

  1. Some of my favorite picks (not on the list and not well researched yet) for poor to rich country knowledge flow:
    -Fixing stuff
    -No such thing as waste
    -A purpose for older people (read not just putting them in a home)
    -Companion planting
    -Permaculture or better yet (and less controversially) milpa agriculture
    -Most of my favorite foods and recipes
    -The windbelt… designed for poor countries abounds with rich country applications
    -Some passive solar design

    That is my late night, written from a cell phone, sharing a 5 foot by 8 foot apartment in a city list (wait does that count as another example?) 🙂

  2. A few more:
    -the US constitution (from the North American Iroquois Confederacy according to the very interesting read – The Indian Givers)
    -a whole bunch of medicine

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