Mastering the Machine: Poverty, Aid and Technology

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Mastering the Machine attempts to answer the question "Is small still beautiful?" drawing on case studies and previously unpublished material from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It draws on the lessons of history and three "development decades" to suggest how a more holistic approach to technology and its transfer can lead to genuine poverty reduction. Mastering the Machine is about a hybrid era, one caught somewhere between bronze and computers, between sail and jet engines; one in which quality ...
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Mastering the Machine attempts to answer the question "Is small still beautiful?" drawing on case studies and previously unpublished material from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It draws on the lessons of history and three "development decades" to suggest how a more holistic approach to technology and its transfer can lead to genuine poverty reduction. Mastering the Machine is about a hybrid era, one caught somewhere between bronze and computers, between sail and jet engines; one in which quality has become confused with quantity, and means with ends. For the South--the "Third World"--it is a time of immense technological opportunity and optimism. It is also a period of unimaginable poverty and hopelessness. It is a time of ferment, change and technological growth. And it is unlike any other period in history, for today, in addition to artisans and artists, farmers, machinists and dreamers, the direction of technology is influenced and fashioned by bureaucrats, economists, faraway corporate planners, aid agencies and charities. Never before in history have so many nontechnical people exerted so much influence on the advancement, retardation and movement of technology. This book is about the interaction between these people, and between poverty, aid and technology in the Third World.
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Using historical and current examples, Smillie illustrates the interaction between economic, social, and technological factors that result in the success or failure of development projects, and he draws lessons for the present from experiences in development since 1960. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781853390968
  • Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acronyms
Preface
Pt. 1 The Failure to Learn from Failure
I A tale of two worlds 3
II Poverty in the South 20
III The best of the West: thinking big 34
IV The third sector and the Third World 47
Pt. 2 What We Know
V Technology in history: lies and promises 65
VI Small is beautiful 82
VII Farmers, food and forests 99
VIII Post-harvest technologies 116
IX Energy and power 132
X The house that Jack built: construction materials 148
XI Light engineering and the very late starters 165
Pt. 3 An Enabling Environment
XII Perspectives on women and technology 185
XIII Employment and the informal sector: the economists lose control 197
XIV Technology: the policy factor 209
XV Mastering the machine 229
Bibliography 260
Index 265
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