Responding to New Technologies

Practical Action Southern Africa

To enable poor people to assess and respond to the challenges of new technologies, and to develop, adapt and adopt applications that improve their livelihoods. We will:

  • Enable poor people to assess the opportunities and threats presented by new technologies
  • Identify and test potential opportunities for poverty reduction presented by new technologies
  • Ensure that policies, regulations and institutions are favourable to poor people and can be influenced by poor people themselves.

Archive content: This project has been completed, and the information is retained here for archive purposes. Current project work in Southern Africa can be found here.

Completed projects

The following projects have now finished, but are referenced for learning purposes.

In 2006, researchers from Demos, Practical Action and the University of Lancaster (UK) collaborated on a process designed to engage Zimbabwean community groups and scientists from both the North and South in debates about new (nano) technologies. 

Second Voice
A cheap, but advanced piece of communications technology allows isolated communities to receive and share information simply and easily.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Sustainable Livelihoods
This project sought to help the small enterprise sector get access to business information. The study resulted in the setting up of a pilot project to make information accessible to the small-producer sector in the form of the Business InfoBus.

Civil Society Technology Service Centre (CSTSC)

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