The conduct of science within and among nations is generally set and constrained by government policies and initiatives. Listed below are links to some enlightening websites, documents and discussions.
COMSTE (Congressional Commission on Science & Technology and Engineering, Philippines). HERE are powerpoint slides from COMSTE's Exec Director (& PAASE Member) Greg Tangonan on 'Going Forward-How will we improve our global competitiveness in S & T?'.
THE GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE INITIATIVE (GKI)promises to level the playing field for the haves and the have-nots by building a global knowledge society. Quote from GKI's website: "Colleges and universities are home to people who create, share, and capture knowledge. In developed countries, these institutions generate, teach, and archive knowledge to connect generations. Bridging the gap that separates the institutions of developed and developing countries remains an ongoing challenge in building a global knowledge society. The Global Knowledge Initiative seeks to be the broker, the matchmaker that forges the links needed to bridge these gaps. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, the Global Knowledge Initiative is not subject to governmental, corporate and institutional agendas."