One hundred innovations for development
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CTA. 1989. One hundred innovations for development. Spore 21. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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One hundred Innovations for Development, ISBN 1 85339 095 X, 80pp, A4 format, UKL6.95 plus UKL1.40 post and packing from: IT Publications Unit 25 - Longmead Shaftesbury Dorset SP7 8PL UK
Technical problems in developing countries require technical solutions, but however innovative the solution, it should be simple cheap, robust, easy to handle, maintain and repair. It should also be capable of being manufactured in the areas of demand. One hundred profiles of new ideas from around the world are contained in a new publication from Intermediate Technology Publications called 'One hundred Innovations for Development'. All the inventions in this book are winners of an International Inventors Awards competition held in Sweden in 1986; they come from some 43 countries. They were selected for their ability to promote economic and social development in the Third World, and there were categories for water, industry, forestry and energy. The organizers of the competition said that 'the innovator has to be both researcher, inventor, entrepreneur and social fieldworker in one person.' Of the hundred winning innovations, the 50 best are described in detail in the book, and illustrated with plans, line drawings or photos. Subjects are as diverse as fish-smoking technology from Ghana, a windbreak screen wall from Senegal and a technique for the rapid germination of rattan seeds from the Philippines. All the innovations have a practical application and many are already in use. The International inventors Awards organizers, Sten Joste and Gillis Een, plan to repeat the competition in 1989 in order, they say, 'to stimulate both technical and social creativity for the benefit of the poorest people in the third world.' One hundred Innovations for Development, ISBN 1 85339 095 X, 80pp, A4 format, UKL6.95 plus UKL1.40 post and packing from: IT Publications Unit 25 - Longmead Shaftesbury Dorset SP7 8PL UK