Mastering the Machine: Poverty,Aid and Technology

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London 1991 Trade paperback New edition. New edition. Fine. Tight contents have never been opened. 268 p. Audience: College/higher education; Professional and scholarly.

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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the Machine" attempts to answer the question "Is small still beautiful?", drawing on case studies and previously unpublished material from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The book is about poverty, its alleviation and reduction - and the critical importance of technology in the process.

Ian Smillie demonstrates that the world has learned an incredible amount about development since the publication of "Small is Beautiful" and "The Brandt Report" but that far too little has been done with that knowledge. "Mastering the Machine" examines an aid establishment hooked on hardware, and analyzes what lies behind the failures and successes of the appropriate technology movement.

It reviews the technology factor in Third World development over the past 30 years and discusses what has been learned about technology, particularly appropriate technology, in the reduction of poverty during that time. It draws from the lessons of history and three "development decades", to suggest how multilateral agencies, bilaterals, NGOs (North and South), the private sector and Third World governments - can, through a more holistic approach to technology and its transfer, have a more effective impact on genuine poverty reduction. "Mastering the Machine" is a book that draws together some of the most important development lessons of the past 3 decades.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781853391576
  • Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/29/1992
  • Pages: 268

Table of Contents

Part 1 The failure to learn from failure: technology in history
the Third World today - one billion in absolute poverty
the best of the West - thinking big
where are they now - Schumacher, Pearson and Brown
the ten percent solution - thinking small. Part 2 What we know: institutions and technology
appropriate macroeconomics
rural development - a focus on agriculture
employment - the overwhelming issue
education, health, population and shelter. Part 3 An enabling environment: policy
decision makers.
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