Technology has played a major role in mainstream development. One would dread to think of our life without some of the technological gadgets that we have become accustomed to. However, when it comes to poor communities in poor countries they have hardly any access to technology or its benefits.
Appropriate or Intermediate technology is an area of development seeking to meet this need. It is not just for the poor, but technology that is sustainable. Some of the basic principles of Appropriate Technology are:
- Meets local needs
- Produced by the masses, not mass-production
- Uses local resources
- Generates low or no waste
- Enables local control
- Environmentally friendly