Talk by Cauam Ferreira Cardoso Today at 5:30 PM

We’re pleased to invite you to a talk by Cauam Ferreira Cardoso, a PhD Candidate in International Economic Development at MIT. The title of Cauam’s talk will be “Implementing Technological Change at the Margins: The limits and opportunities brought by the use of technology as a poverty alleviation tool.” He will be speaking on Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM in room E19-319 (Ford Building, MIT, 400 Main Street, Cambridge). An abstract of the talk as well as his bio is below.

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Despite the long history of technology-driven initiatives aimed at poverty reduction, it is still challenging to find examples of policies, projects, and products generating the positive impact expected of them. It is not rare to see large-scale infrastructure, such as water, sanitation, and waste management systems, which have a limited impact
due to poor design or bad implementation. Similarly, products such as cook stoves, water filers, and solar lanterns often struggle to reach the people in need on a sustainable basis, despite the efforts of those trying to deliver them. In this talk, Mr. Cardoso will draw from his experience as a practitioner and researcher to discuss some of the contextual factors – economic, social, political, cultural, and institutional – contributing to the success and failure of technology-driven poverty alleviation initiatives.

Speaker’s Bio:

Cauam Ferreira Cardoso is a Consultant and a PhD Candidate in International Economic Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since the start of his professional career in 2002, he has lived on 6 different continents, and worked professionally on 5. After developing several socio-environmental and sanitation projects in Brazil, he spent two years in Angola, where he worked with large-scale sanitation and solid waste management projects. Between 2010 and 2012, he worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), initially serving in Cambodia, and later at FAO’s headquarters in Italy, supporting the implementation of food security projects worldwide.

At MIT, since the fall of 2012, Mr. Cardoso has been conducting research on the interface between technological change and economic development in emerging countries, as well as the implementation of development policies and projects. He has been part of the MIT-USAID Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) research team since 2013, where he is currently supporting SEWA Bharat, an arm of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, to improve their technology
evaluation capabilities. In addition to his academic activities, he also continues to work as a consultant for public, private, and non-profit organizations working in and with countries in the Global South. Mr. Cardoso holds a Master’s in Political Economy from the University of Sydney (Australia) and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, with
qualification in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil).

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