Towards Global Action for Appropriate Technology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080242774, 9781483139975

Towards Global Action for Appropriate Technology

1st Edition

Editors: A.S. Bhalla
eBook ISBN: 9781483139975
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 240
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Towards Global Action for Appropriate Technology evaluates the feasibility of establishing and implementing an international mechanism for the promotion of appropriate technology. A strategy of reorienting research and development towards the rural and small-scale urban sectors is proposed, with emphasis on ultimately building national technological capacity in developing countries. This book is comprised of six chapters and begins with an overview of concepts, definitions, and strategies, followed by a discussion on some relatively unfamiliar criteria that should be taken into account in guiding the selection of appropriate technologies, including cost and risk involved. The following chapters focus on the links between the concepts of appropriate technology and the basic needs approach to development; institutional capacity at the national and international levels; and the activities of the United Nations with regard to appropriate technology. The final chapter presents a blueprint for global action for the promotion of appropriate technology, with particular reference to small-scale capital-saving technologies that are accessible to the poor and are essential for the creation of productive employment on a sufficient scale. This monograph will be of interest to social and economic policymakers.

Table of Contents



Part I: Concepts, Criteria, Strategies

Chapter 1: Appropriate Technology: Some Criteria


Some Criteria of Appropriateness


Chapter 2: Technologies Appropriate for a Basic Needs Strategy


A Basic Needs Approach and Strategy

Technological Contents of a 'BN' Strategy

Technologies Appropriate for Basic Needs Satisfaction

A Suitable Policy Frame

Concluding Remarks

Part II: Existing Institutional Framework

Chapter 3: National and Regional Technology Groups and Institutions: An Assessment


Appropriate Technology Groups and Institutions

Towards a Framework of Analysis

Criteria for Assessment of Groups and Institutions

Assessment of Groups and Institutions


Appendix: Questionnaire

Chapter 4: Activities of the UN System on Appropriate Technology


Some Existing Coordinating Mechanisms

Review of Ongoing UN Activities

Better Coordination within the System

Concluding Remarks

Chapter 5: International Mechanisms for Appropriate Technology


Some Proposals for International Mechanisms

Functions of International Mechanisms

Proposed and Existing Mechanisms: Comparative Analysis

Concluding Remarks

Part III: Global Action

Chapter 6: A Blueprint for Action


Need for Global Action

A New International Mechanism for Appropriate Technology



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