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发展的研发之路

哥本哈根—爆发饥荒时,政府和国际捐赠者会带着救命的援助进行干预。富裕国家每年都要拿出1,300亿美元,不仅用于喂饱饥民,也用于建设重要基础设施和缩小教育、医疗和清洁水和卫生设施普及度的差距。

所有这些都是至关重要的。但发展界能做的最强大的投资之一不是针对今天的问题,而是针对能够解决明天的挑战的研究。

投入到研究和开发中的每一美元,所能产生的社会收益一直是所有政策干预手段中最高的。加大研发投入力度能避免许多出资国对“资金腐败”的典型担忧。并且研究可以填补巨大的知识基础差距。这需要将研究主题扩大到可替代能源和疫苗等流行主题之外。

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