Appropriate Technology

Appropedia is a site for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development through the use of appropriate technology and the sharing of project information. It is a wiki, a type of web site which allows anyone to add, remove, or edit content. Appropedia has been described as an appropriate technology wiki, and a wiki for all matters of international development and aid.

The Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group helps individuals and communities get affordable and environmentally sound access to electricity, sanitation and clean water. Through a combination of business incubation, education, and outreach, they help people get technology that will better their health and improve their lives.

Appropriate Technology Africa provides technology to empower poor people in Africa to make sellable end-user products. Concentrating specifically on the African market, Appropriate Technology Africa has come up with appropriate, relevant, reliable and cost-effective solutions to meet small business needs. ATA does this without compromising on quality.

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to design, develop, demonstrate and distribute appropriate technological solutions for meeting the basic human needs of low income people in the developing world. ATC works in collaboration with clients and other nonprofits and NGOs to create technologies that are culturally sensitive, environmentally responsible and locally repairable in order to improve the quality of life, enhance safety, and reduce adverse impacts on their environment.

The Centre for Appropriate Technology works to secure sustainable livelihoods for communities of indigenous people through appropriate technology. CAT provides information, knowledge and practical services across a range of areas including energy, housing and infrastructure, water, waste, telecommunications, transport and technical skills development. CAT utilizes evidence-based and applied problem solving approaches to assist communities of Indigenous people to access the information, services and skills required to live safe and happy lives.

This page provides links to a variety of technical resources relating to development issues.

Engineers Without Borders is an international humanitarian engineering group that serves global neighbors in the developing world; those who need it most. They provide the basics of life such as water and shelter, using appropriate and sustainable technology. More importantly, they help people help themselves. Their unique model includes a rigorous technical and cultural assessment, community involvement, and a five-year commitment to each community they are privileged to serve. Dedicated professionals and aspiring college students form the backbone of EWB, with invaluable help from corporations, non-government organizations, and other supporters.

Global Village is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of researching promising new technologies that can benefit humanity in environmentally friendly ways. The philosophy of the Institute is that emerging technologies that link the world together are not ethically neutral, but often have long-term implications for viability of natural systems, human rights and our common future. The site has many helpful articles on multiple facets of technology, including solar devices, mechanical devices, water systems, animal husbandry, agriculture, and many more.

IDE is a unique international non-profit organization that has been helping poor farmers in developing countries escape poverty for more than 25 years. IDE has pioneered a market-based approach that has enabled millions to permanently escape poverty. IDE uses business principles to facilitate unsubsidized market systems in which the rural poor can effectively participate as micro-entrepreneurs and earn income. In this way, their programs create an environment that helps small farmers progress from subsistence agriculture to commercial farming, beginning an upward spiral out of chronic deprivation and vulnerability.

IFPRI’s 2020 Vision is a world where every person has access to sufficient food to sustain a healthy and productive life, where malnutrition is absent, and where food originates from efficient, effective, and low-cost food systems that are compatible with sustainable use of natural resources. This is a downloadable document entitled, Appropriate Technology for Sustainable Food Security.

This web site provides a comprehensive resource for farming and livestock methods, including numerous links to other helpful sites, as well as reviews of books and periodicals.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology and is funded under a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. It provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture. Hundreds of online and PDF documents and resource links are provided on this site.

The mission of Practica is poverty alleviation through dissemination of best practices and development, and promotion of appropriate water and energy-related technologies and services. Practica considers a technology appropriate if it can be produced and repaired locally, is affordable for the target group and can be made available through the local private sector.

Practical Action aims to help eradicate poverty in developing countries by developing and using technologies, and by demonstrating results, sharing knowledge and influencing others.

These links provide a gateway to sustainable farming information on the Internet.

Their ten-year vision is to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches. Tearfund take a comprehensive approach to releasing people from poverty, working through a network of local church partners to bring about truly sustainable change. With church-based partners around the world, they focus on five broad issues: defeating disease, preparing for and responding to disasters, campaigning for economic justice and enabling fair trade, working for a sustainable environment and providing basic services.

Village Earth empowers communities to sustainably access and manage the resources needed to achieve their vision for the future by working directly with communities as allies, distributing appropriate technology information, as well as providing training, consultation and networking services to individuals, communities and organizations around the globe. The Appropriate Technology Sourcebook reviews over 1,150 of the best books on appropriate technology. Most of the books reviewed in the sourcebook are available as a collection in the Appropriate Technology Library on CD-ROM or DVD available for sale from Village Earth.