Tag: low-cost technologies

Rob Goodier

Ten technologies developing countries are using now to adapt to climate change

January 22, 2015

Disaster hits hardest against the poor, and people in developing countries are the most vulnerable to climate change. Rising...

Rob Goodier

The Big Design Questions | Should technology for global development always be the cheapest solution?

May 13, 2014

Welcome to The Big Design Questions, a weekly series that tests and challenges the design principles for creating appropriate technology outlined in...

Rob Goodier

Ten tips to cut costs and design for extreme affordability

March 10, 2014

Three and half billion people in developing countries make for a vast and mostly ignored market, say Paul Polak...

Rob Goodier

Promising Prototypes and Projects of 2013

January 1, 2014

In 2013 we saw hundreds of irrigation pump prototypes, power tool parts repurposed for medical devices, prostheses upgrades and...

Rob Goodier

It’s All About Distribution

September 26, 2013

Have you ever been excited about a low-cost technology that has the potential to improve the lives of millions?...

Jed Farlow

Cobbled together: How Indians solve problems with the technologies at hand

May 27, 2013

In India, jugaad is an electrical cord, split and stripped at the end, each wire pushed directly into one...

Steele Lorenz

Channel your way to sustainable success

April 16, 2013

One of the biggest challenges in delivering technology to “Bottom of the Pyramid” consumers is the lack of distribution...

Rob Goodier

Sisal Twine Manufacturing Machines

January 4, 2013

One broad, pointed leaf plucked from the sisal plant can earn a Kenyan farmer 5 shillings, or about $0.05...

Jason Kass

High Tech-toilets? What we need is a low-tech toilet revolution

November 18, 2012

If technologies were listed in order of sexiness, poop management might rank near the bottom. But thanks to the...

Rob Goodier

A modular irrigation pump that grows with the farm

March 3, 2012

An experimental water pump starts small and builds up with modular upgrades. The base product is a single-cylinder hand...


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