08.08.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

ABC, Banco do Brasil Foundation and UNESCO sign South-South cooperation for social technologies

©UNESCO/ Ana Lúcia Guimaraes -Lucien Muñoz (UNESCO), Marcos Farani (ABC) e Jorge Streit (Fundação BB)

The Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC in Portuguese), the Banco do Brasil Foundation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) signed today - 8 August – a protocol of intentions aimed at the international spread of the collection of the Bank of Social Technologies (site in Portuguese) of the Banco do Brasil Foundation.

The Bank of Social Technologies (BTS in Portuguese) is a database that includes over 600 technologies certified under the Banco do Brasil Foundation Award for Social Technology, since its first edition in 2001. The collection of the Banco do Brasil Foundation allows searches in the following areas: food, education, energy, housing, environment, water resources, income generation and health. The database includes detailed information, often turned into manuals, on solved problems, cities served, resources needed for implementation, among other details of the certified social technologies.

It is understood by "Social Technology" what includes product knowledge, technical or replicable methodologies developed through an interaction with the community and presenting effective solutions for social transformation. The concept refers to an innovative proposal development, considering the collective participation in the process of organizing, developing and implementing solutions to concrete problems of food, education, energy, housing, income, water, health or environment.

The protocol of intent signed today aims to transfer the accumulated knowledge to other countries through translation and dissemination of technologies by the same partners. With the availability of the collection in other languages, including technologies already available today in Portuguese, it is believed that practical solutions to everyday problems in the southern hemisphere and developing countries will be offered free and will allow future exchanges of south-south cooperation, ranging from classic homemade oral rehydration solution (mixture of water, sugar and salt that combats dehydration and reduces infant mortality) to the building of low-cost houses and pre-molded plates tanks.

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