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Brick by Brick: Participatory Technology Development in Brickmaking
This guidebook reviews the theory and practice of technology transfer, change and development. It looks at definitions of Appropriate and Intermediate Technologies in the modern, global context. Based on the experiences of a project of working with brick makers in Peru, Ecuador and Zimbabwe, the text looks at the elements that make up a successful...
This guidebook reviews the theory and practice of technology transfer, change and development. It looks at definitions of Appropriate and Intermediate Technologies in the modern, global context. Based on the experiences of a project of working with brick makers in Peru, Ecuador and Zimbabwe, the text looks at the elements that make up a successful technology transfer package. These elements are likely to include local research and development, training, access to capital, marketing and quality control. There is a brief overview of the technology involved in brick making. This includes and examination of energy efficiency and environmental issues. The brick making technologies adopted and adapted by the project in Peru are reviewed with a focus on the process of their development Principles and ways of working, such as participation and Participatory Technology Development, are explored. The relationship between producers and those seeking to assist them is examined: how are alliances formed; what are the best communications; monitoring and evaluation and strategies to employ; how the needs of women will be addressed. The main body of the text is illuminated by the inclusion of interviews, anecdotes and articles from people working in the field. The quest is to establish some guiding principles and practices for technology development projects. Ultimately the guidebook is a practical and interesting reference for project managers, decision-makers and field workers.
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