In low- and middle-income countries billions of people continue to be deprived of the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and struggle to build a better future for their families and communities. The magnitude of the challenges they face calls for more than conventional responses: It requires seizing the technological opportunities of our time, the combined knowledge of our disciplines, and all of our creative potential. The annual Green Templeton College Human Welfare Conference brings together leading graduate students, academics, and practitioners from around the world to debate key issues that shape human welfare today. In 2014 the conference will focus on innovative approaches to advancing wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries. The agenda is comprised of graduate student presentations, from diverse disciplinary perspectives and based on their original work, relating to new ideas that challenge conventional approaches and promise sustainable and significant change. This includes work concerning:
- New ideas that challenge convention in defining and responding to particular human welfare challenges in low- and middle-income countries, including those associated with health, education, environmental degradation, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, conflict and governance.
- Innovative approaches, which can be applied to a range of human welfare challenges in low- and middle-income countries and the challenges, risks and opportunities of realising these ideas. This includes discussion of cross-disciplinary and market-based approaches, use of new technologies, and partnerships.
- Insights into current practice in institutions, companies and NGOs, which are innovating their strategies to advance human welfare in low and middle-income countries.
- Historical and theoretical perspectives on innovation in advancing human welfare, including perspectives on the role of failure, and the significance of local-level innovation.