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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The International Network on Appropriate Technology



International Steering     Committee


J. Bemley, USA

H. Carwell, USA
M. Castro,
Puerto Rico

T. Dalgety, Guyana

J. Gwamuri, Zimbabwe

G. Kadoda, Sudan

K. Madzima, RSA

M. Muchie, RSA

A. B. Nyoni, Zimbabwe

K.  Ngige, Kenya

M. Poe, USA

D. Soumonni, RSA

B. Stephenson, USA

J.  Tharakan, USA

J.  Trimble, RSA

C.  Verharen, USA


Invitation to Submit proposal to host the 8th ICAT and 9th ICAT


The International Network on Appropriate Technology (INAT) invites you to submit a proposal to host our 8th International Conference on Appropriate Technology to be held in November of 2018. The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2017.

The 9th ICAT with be held in November 2020.  We are considering requests now.  If a suitable proposal is submitted we will make a decision as earlier as August 31, 2017

Your proposal should address the following concerns:

  1. A conference venue that can host about 200 participants, and that has a few rooms for parallel sessions. The venue should also include space for poster sessions and space for an appropriate technology demonstrations/fair. 
  2. A conference venue that is located within, or close to sites and local actors who can demonstrate appropriate technology in practice.
  3. Moderately priced accommodation for "professional" participants and cheaper accommodation for students, which are located close to the conference venue.
  4. A dedicated local organizing committee with the ability to communicate in English with the international organizing committee around conference planning.
  5. Access to officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the equivalent who can facilitate and expedite the application process for international participants who require visas to enter the country.
  6. Participation from local/regional universities and technical colleges (tertiary), as well as relevant government and civil society organisations.
  7. Local tourist sites that can enrich participants' knowledge of the history and culture of the country.
  8. Ability to provide financial support to the INAT to be used toward planning activities, e.g. costs of booking of conference venue, subsidies/scholarships for deserving students with accepted papers who are unable to fund their own travel, transportation and accommodation for high impact guest speakers (generally based in Africa), local committee organizing costs, and miscellaneous costs that will all be duly accounted for. The overall pledged financial support should ideally be  $10,000 or greater.


Note:   Additional information about INAT and our past conferences can be found on our website (http://www.appropriatetech.net). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at trimbleja@tut.ac.za or call +(27) 711963215.



John Trimble,

International Planning Committee Chair