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Mastering the Machine Revisited

By Ian Smillie
ISBN: 9781853395147
Mastering the Machine Revisited is about the connection between poverty, aid and technology. It is about the search driven today by greater extreme poverty than has ever been known, and by a realization that the technologies applied to the problem have severe limitations.
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  • Synopsis
    The 50-year struggle to harness technology in the fight against global poverty- and why is it taking so long?
    Mastering the Machine Revisited is about the connection between poverty, aid and technology. It is about the search driven today by greater extreme poverty than has ever been known, and by a realization that the technologies applied to the problem have severe limitations. In this substantially revised edition, the author revisits the development problems of the 1980's to see what progress has been made. The book also revisits promising innovations, projects and people described in the first edition, discovering what lasted, what failed and why. It considers the developmental impact of new and accelerating phenomena: globalization, the explosion of information and communication technologies, increasingly complex emergencies, weaker governments, bigger companies and escalating debt. For the South, this is a time of immense technological opportunity and optimism. It is also a period of unimaginable poverty and hopelessness. And it is unlike any other period in history, for today, in addition to artisans and artists, farmers, machinists and dreamers, the direction of technology is influenced by bureaucrats, economists, faraway corporate planners, aid agencies and charities. Never before have so many non-technical people exerted so much influence on the advancement, retardation and direction of technology. Mastering the Machine Revisited is about the interaction between these people, and between poverty, aid and technology.
  • Table of Contents
    ACRONYMS vii
    PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION ix
    PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION xi
    PART ONE: THE FAILURE TO LEARN FROM FAILURE
    I A tale of two worlds 3
    II Poverty in the South 22
    III The best of the West: thinking big 35
    IV The third sector and the Third World 48
    PART TWO: WHAT WE KNOW
    V Technology in history: lies and promises 69
    VI Small is beautiful 86
    VII Farmers, food and forests 104
    VIII Post-harvest technologies 121
    IX Energy and power 137
    X The house that Jack built: construction materials 154
    XI Light engineering and the very late starters 171
    PART THREE: AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT
    XII Sustainability: myths and reality 189
    XIII Perspectives on women and technology 200
    XIV Employment and the informal sector: the economists lose control 214
    XV Globalization, adjustment and all that 226
    XVI Mastering the machine 246
    NOTES 262
    BIBLIOGRAPHY 279
    INDEX 282
  • Details
    Sub Title No
    Author Ian Smillie
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 304
    Format Hardback