Design for the Poor

In Appropriate Technology, International Development, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Development on May 30, 2007 at 3:27 am

This speaks for itself – a NYT article on innovative design for the poor.

The one thing that I saw as totally brilliant is the rolling water jug. Of course – that will just free up more room on the person’s heads. Now village women in Africa (the intended beneficiaries) will be pulling water behind them, probably in trains of 3-5 jugs per woman, with 60 lbs of stuff on their heads, and a baby on their backs. It’s the productivity/technology curse, right? The more we invent to make our lives easier, the more time we have to get more work done…


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