The term appropriate technology came into some prominence during the 1973 energy crisis and the environmental movement of the 1970s. The term is typically used in two arenas: utilizing the most effective technology to address the needs of developing areas, and using socially and environmentally acceptable technologies in industrialized nations.
THE FOCUS OF APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY IS TECHNOLOGY TO EMPOWER PEOPLE. The more people are empowered the more their creativity, intellect and overall resourcefulness will be used to develop society. The more people are empowered the more society is capable of implementing democracy and overcoming oppression.
Appropriate Technology 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, Appropriate technology typically relies more on local resources, is easier to maintain, has a lower overall cost and less of an impact on the environment compared to the practices promoted by the highly developed countries.