Best management practices for corporate, academic and governmental transfer of sustainable technologies to developing countries

Best management practices for corporate, academic and governmental transfer of sustainable technologies to developing countries
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  ORIGINAL PAPER Best management practices for corporate, academicand governmental transfer of sustainable technologiesto developing countries Gilbert L. Rochon   Dev Niyogi   Souleymane Fall   Joseph E. Quansah   Larry Biehl   Bereket Araya   Chetan Maringanti   Angel Torres Valcarcel   Lova Rakotomalala   Hildred S. Rochon   Bertin Hilaire Mbongo   Thierno Thiam Received: 16 March 2009/Accepted: 17 March 2009/Published online: 28 April 2009   Springer-Verlag 2009 Abstract  Innovations with respect to technologies thatcontribute to environmental sustainability have emergedwithin national government laboratories, internationalagencies and within academic research institutes. Sinceeach of these entities is understandably more focused onab initio research, conceptual development and proofs of concept, the production level manufacturing and broaddissemination of such technologies require developmentof best management practices (BMPs) for effective part-nerships with and/or technology licensure to private sectorindustry. Alternatively, certain technologies that addressspecific environmental sustainability needs within thedeveloping countries can be and have been transferreddirectly, either through bi-lateral transfers or through multi-lateral agencies, serving as intermediaries. The appropri-ateness of such transfers is contingent upon host country G. L. Rochon ( & )    S. Fall    L. Biehl    B. Araya   C. Maringanti    B. H. Mbongo    T. ThiamPurdue Terrestrial Observatory (PTO),Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP),Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC),Purdue University, West Lafayette, USAe-mail: rochon@purdue.eduS. Falle-mail: sfall@purdue.eduL. Biehle-mail: biehl@purdue.eduB. Arayae-mail: mbereket@purdue.eduC. Maringantie-mail: cmaringa@ecn.purdue.eduB. H. Mbongoe-mail: bertin.mbongo@gmail.comT. Thiame-mail: tthiam@purdue.eduD. Niyogi    S. Fall    A. T. ValcarcelDepartment of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,Purdue University, West Lafayette, USAD. Niyogie-mail: climate@purdue.eduA. T. Valcarcele-mail: atorresv@purdue.eduD. NiyogiIndiana State Climate Office, Department of Agronomy,Purdue University, West Lafayette, USAJ. E. Quansah    B. Araya    C. Maringanti    B. H. MbongoDepartment of Agricultural and Biological Engineering,Purdue University, West Lafayette, USAJ. E. Quansahe-mail: Jquansah@purdue.eduB. ArayaSchool of Civil Engineering, Purdue University,West Lafayette, USAL. Rakotomalala    H. S. RochonCytometry for Life (C4L)-Africa/Purdue UniversityCytometry Laboratory, West Lafayette, USAL. Rakotomalalae-mail: lova.rakotomalala@purdue.eduH. S. Rochone-mail: hildred@flowcyt.cyto.purdue.eduL. RakotomalalaWoodrow Wilson Fellow, Princeton University, Princeton, USAT. ThiamDepartment of Political Science, Purdue University,West Lafayette, USA  1 3 Clean Techn Environ Policy (2010) 12:19–30DOI 10.1007/s10098-009-0218-3  environmental, cultural and socio-political conditions, thetype of technology involved, the ‘‘terms of transfer’’ andthe relationships established between the technology con-ceivers and the end-users. The authors select examples of identified modes of sustainable technology transmissionand derive experiential BMPs, which may be of someutility for future sustainable technology transfer. Moreover,in providing these BMPs, the historical record and con-temporary caveats with respect to unregulated technologytransfer, whether sustainable or otherwise, to developingcountries and the array of corresponding proposed codes of conduct are examined, given the normative objective thatsuch technologies should ultimately contribute to ecologi-cally benign and societally beneficial objectives, such asenvironmental sustainability, equitable growth and povertyalleviation. These issues and the need to establish BMPswould be broadly relevant with the new focus on climatechange-related technology funds and associated regionalimpact projects evolving across the globe and within thedeveloping countries in particular. Keywords  Best management practices   Developing nations    Environmental sustainability   Climate investment fund    Globalization Introduction The countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America haveendured invasion, exploitation, colonization and oppressionin myriad forms throughout the centuries. Despite the thinpatina of respectability provided by conceptual frameworkssuch as pacification, civilization, manifest destiny, protec-torate establishment, civil order restoration, modernizationand religious enlightenment, the ‘‘beneficiaries’’ of suchlargesse, all too frequently, paid the price for such benefitswith the loss of their sovereignty, freedom, culture, lan-guage, land, natural resource entitlements and, in manyinstances,theirlives.Sincethecollectivememoryofslavery,segregation, colonialism, apartheid, armed suppressionand economic subjugation persists, there is little wonderthat even benign technological offerings from the formercolonial and neocolonial countries are often greeted withsuspicion and resistance.Indeed, the early transfers of such technology wereanything but benign. Rather, they represented the means tomore effectively and profitably extract natural resourcesand manpower for the benefit of the colonial power andlater the corporate shareholders, rather than such benefitsaccruing to the indigenous populations. In the post-inde-pendence era, growing consumer demand combined withunregulated import policies, predatory corporate practicesand, in certain instances, political corruption, led tonumerous situations wherein technologies were introducedto multiple economic sectors that were ill suited to localenvironmental conditions, where spare parts were notavailable and training to produce skilled local operatorswas virtually nonexistent (Amin 1990).In response to such abuses, the ‘‘appropriate technol-ogy’’ movement was initiated, which began to address theneed for locally relevant and adapted technologicaladvances for mechanized agriculture, household appli-ances, durable goods, regional commercial manufacturing,mining and civil infrastructure projects. The perspectivewas such that ‘‘intermediate technology’’ was needed untilsuch time as host country infrastructure and skilled laborcapacity were sufficient to advance toward state-of-the-science technology (Pursell 1993). In certain circum-stances, however, ‘‘intermediate technology’’ in essenceemerged as ‘‘terminal technology’’, because neither thecapital for infrastructure upgrades nor the capacity buildingof the labor force materialized.With the growth in global economies and the focus onsustainable resources for reducing the impact of climaticchanges, a growing array of developing countries posi-tioned themselves to deploy cutting edge technologies inthe service of sustainable development. One such exampleis the approximately 6 billion USD pledged by the WorldBank for Climate Investment Fund (CIF) for developingclimate-resilient economies through Clean TechnologyFunds and Strategic Climate Funds. These new mecha-nisms for technology transfer pose an urgent need forreviewing and adopting best management practices (BMPs)for effective partnerships, and form the basis for this paper. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing countries Intheirenthusiasmtoattractforeigninvestors,inthehopeof stimulating economic growth, creating employment andestablishing supply chain linkages with local businesses,countries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America haveoffered an array of incentives to multinational corporations(MNCs). These have included reduced bureaucracy, taxholidays,relaxationonprofitrepatriationregulations,waiverofimportdutiesforneededmanufacturinginputs,exemptionfrom environmental impact considerations, investment ininfrastructure improvements and in specific workforcetraining (Kobrin 1999). Such incentives, while frequentlysuccessful with respect to the primary objective of luringforeign investors, did not routinely result in contributing toanticipated benefits to the host country. Corporate practices,such as transfer pricing, wherein excessive corporate homeoffice administrative or consulting fees were charged to thesubsidiary, eliminated profits upon which local taxes couldbe based, once the tax holidays had expired. In some cases 20 G. L. Rochon et al.  1 3  the MNCs such as Enron Corporation themselves ceased toexist due to financial turmoil, thus negating the potential forthe longer term returns the host countries such as powerprojects in India expected for the initial investments andcredits provided for the infrastructure projects. A WorldBank report (Claessens et al. 2001) confirms that the profit-ability of banks is different in the developing and developedcountries, FDIs and foreign banks generally become moreprofitablethan domesticbanks indevelopingcountries.Thisincrease in the market share of the foreign banks furthererodes the profit makers for the domestic sectors. Otherunintended consequences of unregulated FDI included anegativeeconomicgrowthimpactduetothevolatilityofFDIflows (Lensink and Morrissey 2006; Hermes and Lensink 2003), threats to national sovereignty (Kobrin 2003), non- homogeneity of impact across regions (Padilla 2008), exacerbated disparity among economic classes, environ-mentalpollutionanddepletionofnaturalresourceswithoutareasonable rate of return to the host country. Attempts to regulate transnational corporateinvestment The range of initiatives undertaken by host governments tocontrol or regulate transnational corporate investmentpractices included development of codes of conduct(Baram 1994), formation of coalitions of countries to setconditions for investment, to outright expropriation,nationalization and indigenization of foreign industries(Wilson 1990; Kobrin 1984). During the anti-apartheid disinvestment campaign in South Africa, the Rev. LeonSullivan posed a compromise under which companies whobecame signatories to his ‘‘Sullivan Principles’’ couldcontinue to operate their enterprises in South Africa,arguing that it established a voluntary basis for non-dis-criminatory hiring and firing practices, elimination of childlabor, worker harassment and corporal punishment, fairwages,intellectualpropertyprotection,equitabletreatmentof the workforce, occupational health and safety, right tounionization and commitment to environmental sustain-ability. Although the concept of such compromise to totaldisinvestment was understandably challenged at the time,these subsequently evolved into ‘‘The Global SullivanPrinciples,’’whichweresinceadoptedbyanarrayofbusinesses( lack of enforceable requirements, however, stillprompted both individual countries and groups of nationsnot to rely upon ‘‘voluntary’’ codes of corporate conduct,but rather to establish mandated pre-conditions for FDI andon-going monitoring of investment practices.An early advocate of regulation of FDI was the coalitionof countries that initially comprised the Andean Pact (i.e.,Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia) established in 1969and known since 1996 as the  Comunidad Andina  (CAN)( Venezuelawas a member and other countries (i.e., Paraguay,Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Brazil) later joined as asso-ciate members. The Pact members signed the CartagenaAgreement and advocated greater regional control over the‘‘terms of trade’’ and introduced concepts such as ‘‘sunsetclauses’’, under which foreign investors would have pre-stipulated limitations on the duration of their ownership of the means of production, as opposed to the assumption of business control in perpetuity. Other requirements called forinclusion of local joint venture partners, training of indige-nous managers, limitations on expatriation of capital and anequitable share of profits. With specific reference to sus-tainability, the Andean Pact addressed common access togenetic resources in the preamble to Decision 391, astranslated from the Spanish by the International Law Projectof the Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon:The Member Countries have sovereign rights over theuse and exploitation of their resources, a principlewhich has furthermore been ratified by the Conven-tion on Biological Diversity, signed in Rio de Janeiroin June 1992 and endorsed by the five Member States;The Member Countries have an important biologicaland genetic heritage which must be preserved andused in a sustainable manner;The Andean countries are by nature multi-ethnic andpluricultural;Biological diversity, genetic resources, endemismand rarity, as well as the knowledge, innovations andpractices of indigenous, Afro-American and localcommunities in relation to these, are of strategicvalue at international level;It is necessary to recognize the historical contributionof indigenous, Afro-American and local communitiesto biological diversity, its conservation, developmentand the sustainable use of its components, as well asthe benefits yielded by such contribution;That indigenous, Afro-American and local commu-nities maintain a close interdependence with biolog-ical resources which must be strengthened in order toconserve biological diversity and promote the eco-nomic and social development of these communitiesand of the Member Countries;It is necessary to strengthen scientific, technical andcultural cooperation and integration, as well as the inte-gral,harmoniousdevelopmentoftheMemberCountries;Genetic resources are of great economic value, sincethey are a primary source of products and pro-cesses for industry … ’’ ( ielp/andeaneng.html). Best management practices for corporate, academic and governmental transfer 21  1 3  Corporate and donor country responsibility Periodic pressure by the developing countries, variouslydescribed as third world countries, ‘‘non-aligned’’, eco-nomic ‘‘periphery,’’ underdeveloped or less developedcountries (LDCs), has been directed toward both multi-national corporations and toward the major highly indus-trialized nations, variously identified as the ‘‘the North’’,‘‘the West’’, or the Group of Eight (G8) ( The venues forsuch pressure included the 1976/77 North/South Dialogue,an 18-month summit held in Paris, between representativesof 21 rich and poor countries, entitled the Conference onInternational Economic Cooperation (CIEC), which endedwithout major accomplishments (Amuzegar 1976, 1977). Other vehicles for addressing the need for sustainabletechnology transfer between rich and poor countries haveincluded the United Nations Conference on Trade andDevelopment (UNCTAD), the General Agreements onTariffs and Trade (GATT) ( tratop_e/gatt_e/gatt_e.htm), the United Nations EconomicCommission for Africa (UNECA) ( ),the Manila Declaration of the International Conference onConflict Resolution, Peace Building, Sustainable Devel-opment and Indigenous Peoples (, and the Third World Forum(, inter alia.The World Bank Clean Technology Fund (CTF), in devel-oping its guidelines, is currently proposing nine principlesthat center on its core mission of poverty reduction withsustainable economic growth for adapting or mitigatingclimate changevia anopenand transparent dialoguebetweenbanks,countriesandtheCTF(CleanTechnologyFund2008). Sustainable appropriate technology transfer: For deriving BMPs for some of the major categories engagedin transfer of sustainable technology, and an experientialassessment of past transfers and a proactive determinationof both technological advances and future constraints, theauthorsdevelopedatypology,hereinafterreferredtoasSATT(sustainable appropriate technology transfer). The intent is toidentifyanddifferentiate thosecriteriathathavevaliditywithrespect to such transfers to developing economies, irrespec-tive of the technology provider, as well as those BMPs thatmight be considered to be specific to technology transfersbeing conducted by corporate, governmental and academicproviders, as follows:GEN_SATT sustainable appropriate technologytransfer (SATT) that is ‘‘Generic’’ to alltransferring entitiesGOV_SATT-B SATT provided through government togovernment (i.e., ‘‘bi-lateral) transfers,typically though through their aidagencies [e.g., United States Agencyfor International Development-USAID,( ) Gesellschaft fu¨rTechnische Zusammenarbeit GTZ—TheGerman Aid Agency ( ), Canadian International Devel-opment Agency (CIDA)] ( SATT provided by multi-lateralagencies (e.g., Agencies of the UnitedNations , NATO , European Union(EU) , Arab Authorityfor Agric. Investment and Development(AAAID) )NGO_SATT SATT provided by non-governmentorganizations (NGOs) or by privatevoluntary organizations (PVOs) (e.g.,International Red Cross; Red Crescent;Doctors Without Borders; CatholicCharities, John Snow, Inc.; AbtAssociates; Management Sciences forHealth; Marie Stopes Foundation;Clinton Foundation, Bill & MelindaGates Foundation; Ford Foundation;Carter Foundation; Teamsters Union;Sierra Club; Greenpeace)MNC_SATT SATT provided by a multinationalcorporation or transnational corporation(e.g., IBM, SONY, Barclays Bank) or bya Parastatal corporation (e.g., OPEC,PEMEX, Glavcosmos)UNIV_SATT SATT provided by a University, College,Ministry of Education, Learned Pro-fessional Society, Accrediting Organi-zation, Fraternity or Sorority BMPs for transfer of sustainabe technologyto less developed countries The generic sustainable appropriate technology transfer(GEN_SATT)BMPs,inasmuchastheyareapplicabletoLessDeveloped Countries (LDCs),without regardtothe sourceof such transfers, must be broadly generalized and, ideally,derived from field implementations that have promisingcomponents. Caution is advised with respect to overly opti-mistic initiation of technology transfer implementations,giventhecomplexityanduniquecharacteristicsofeachsector 22 G. L. Rochon et al.  1 3  and the geopolitical environment (Harris and Tanner 2000), ranging from the international transfer of health informationsystems technology to Chad (Foltz 1993), energy technologyto the Chinese automotive industry (Gallagher 2006), theelectronics industry in Mexico (Padilla 2008), to the transfer of cleaner mining technologies to South America (Hilson2000). One deterrent to technology transfer to the developingcountrieshasbeentheconcernovertheadequacyofprotectionfor intellectual property rights on the part of corporate IPowners; whereas, LDCs lament the potential impact of tech-nology transfer on the displacement of indigenous industries(Maskus 2004).Clearly, the agricultural sector has been the majorbeneficiary of both technology transfer and articulationof BMPs, as a consequence of the ‘‘green revolution’’.DeVuyst and Ipe (1999) attempted to delineate incentivesto encourage adoption of agricultural BMPs. Relatedinitiatives addressed BMP formulation with respect to a‘‘pluri-disciplinary’’ approach to farming (Turpin et al.2006), mariculture water management (Stanley 2000), farmer adoption of water quality management practices(Houston and Sun 1999; Cooper 1997), shrimp farming in Honduras (Engle and Valderrama 2004), and cattle farming(Obubuafo et al. 2006). Analogous contributions to the literature addressed sustainability in an array of sectorswithin the LDCs, including sustainable aquaculture (Boydand Schmittou 1999; Quansah et al. 2007) and sustainable energy (Spaulding-Fecher and Mwakasonda 2005). Thefollowing specific implementations were selected asexemplars in each of the categories of transferring entities. From government Bi-lateral: USAID-FEWSThe United States Agency for International Development(USAID) developed the Famine Early Warning System(FEWS) in the late 1980s, in collaboration with TulaneUniversity’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medi-cine and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, to assist inefforts to monitor drought and identify the people mostlikely to be affected. FEWS was born out of the needobserved in Ethiopia and the Sahel in 1970s and 1980s inwhich extreme drought caused severe famine. Informationsystems did not exist at that time to provide warning of the early stages of drought so that food aid emergencyresponse by the international community could be providedto avoid famine. USAID used the existing NOAA andNASA satellite-based technology which had becomeavailable during 1980s to make earlier detection of drought. Since that time, satellites from many other coun-tries have also been used for the early detection of drought.According to USAID, the Famine Early Warning Systemswork best where government resources are focused on theareas at high risk for drought, flooding, crop failure orlocust infestation. However, it has been observed that alack of democracy, free press, and presence of armedconflict or endemic disease are some of the factors whichpose serious food security threats, whether or not the areasare affected by drought and natural disasters. FEWS rou-tinely provides timely notification to decision-makers; yet,there is often some latency in political and economicresponse time, notwithstanding early notification (http:// UN FAO–ARTEMIS and GIEWSUSAID FEWS Network ( default.aspx) continues to integrate remote sensing tech-nology and socio-economic data in collaboration withlocal, regional and international partners so as to providecritical information for decision support related to foodsecurity in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s(UN FAO) Africa Real-Time Environmental MonitoringInformation System (ARTEMIS) has deployed NOAA’sAVHRR and the European Space Agency’s geostationaryMeteosat data to determine areas in Africa that are at risk for desertification and for infestation by the desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria) . In a Somalian real time emer-gency report that provided insight into the level andeffectiveness of the support provided through USAID andUNFAO, it was established that the systems providedadequate support and information that helped maximizeefforts that saved the lives of millions (Gru¨newald 2006).In other such reports from around the African continent, ithas been noted that surveillance and forecasting capabili-ties for the desert locust (Hielkema et al. 1990), providedby the ARTEMIS system, has allowed for the allocationand rationing of food and livestock resources as a pre-cautionary measure during annual drought and harsh rainyseasons in some parts of Africa. The USAID and UNFAOhave acquired substantial experience in early warningtechnology and the applications of remotely sensed imagesfor drought, food crop monitoring, livestock emergencyresponse and relief operations in Africa. However, thechanging nature of the emergencies have made it impera-tive that these two organizations receive the additionalnecessary funding to adapt to the new problems of foodinsecurity and livestock shortages created by the increasingthreat of weather related natural disasters and the associ-ated regional impact of climate change.In addition to the USAID and UNFAO’s operationFEWS and ARTEMIS, respectively, the UNFAO alsomanages the Global Information and Early Warning Best management practices for corporate, academic and governmental transfer 23  1 3
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