Appropriate technology (AT) is technology that is designed with special consideration to the environmental, ethical, cultural, social and economical aspects of the community it is intended for. With these goals in mind, AT typically requires fewer resources, is easier to maintain, has a lower overall cost and less of an impact on the environment compared to industrialized practices. Most importantly, Appropriate Technology is technology to empower people.
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Sustainable Technologies to Empower Communities – Bridging Theory with Practice
The theme of our 7th international Conference on Appropriate technology is designed to :1. Promote Appropriate Technology (AT) knowledge creation, documentation, sharing and transfer to support practice grounded in sound theory
2. Focus on AT contributions that will empower communities while remaining environmentally sustainable, particularly amongst historically oppressed communities.
3. Provide a forum for networking on AT solutions for the 21st century through sustainable mechanisms and models for empowering disadvantaged populations
Climate change will impact the poorest countries and their people the hardest. Curtailing harmful climate change while eradicating poverty requires sustainable and ecologically sound solutions. Presently, 1.1 billion people in developing and underdeveloped countries have inadequate access to safe water; over 2.6 billion people lack basic sanitation; a third of the planet has no access to a stable, reliable energy grid; and as many or more humans lack access to the internet and the world wide web. Eliminating poverty and improving the quality of life requires increased agriculture, industry and transport productivity, which is possible via improved water, energy and information utilization. Most importantly, public health and human productivity require technology practices that address basic community needs. Appropriate technology’s vision focuses on enhancing equity and social justice. The implementation of AT focuses on, the most marginalized communities and underdeveloped nations. The sustainable promotion of AT requires implementing policies to safeguard the Earth while empowering the broadest possible population. These local, national and international policies will lead to more appropriate technology education, research and practice.
International Network on Appropriate Technology (INAT)