Why do I find the Forum, which focuses on Capacity Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development important?

All over the globe, there are individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, governments, and array of international bodies doing good and important deeds for the developing world. The World Bank’s upcoming Forum in December 2009 has the potential of raising the bar, of setting a guiding theme for how to reach this goal, how to help the developing world become developed. Running any project is a multi-faceted task. Taking the lead in orchestrating the global efforts is an admirable agenda.

A major element of Intellectual Property (IP) is an ability to properly manage it. IP management fosters and drives innovation. Innovation drives progress and development. Therefore, for progress and development to occur, capacity to monitor the transfer of innovation must be present.

Why the International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI) at Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC) should take part in this Forum and what ITTI can contribute to the discussion?

ITTI is an IP capacity-building resource. As such, its mission is to help advance developing countries build their technology transfer capacity, capacity to receive, create, hold, and maintain innovation. Participation in such a Forum is a unique and important opportunity for the collaborating parties in ITTI to network, to learn and most importantly to voice their experience in the pursuit of ITTI’s mission.

In fulfillment of ITTI’s mission, its members recently developed a unique educational model, which through a long-term partnerships and meaningful professional networks equips the agents of the developing countries with the tools needed to monitor innovation. Simultaneously, ITTI’s model focuses on setting-up and supporting the countries’ institutional technology transfer capacity, for which those trained individuals go back to support and further educate. Gaining the ability to monitor innovation, the developing countries can then move their development forward.

Without discounting the value of the traditional “workshop” or “long distance learning” models, ITTI’s education model suggests that a long-term serious commitment from the collaborating parties is key for promoting solid and sustainable institutions, which in turn, will support the countries’ IP infrastructure. Such sustainable infrastructure is key for the ability to cope with the needed biotechnology improvements of agricultural productivity, public health, industrial development, economic competitiveness, and environmental sustainability, which The World Bank’s Forum and many others so seek to implement.