Technologies for Rural Development

Technologies for Rural Development

The goal of this book is to educate children about processes and technologies that can improve the lives of people in poor or disadvantaged communities, while respecting their local environment.

When working on this project, remember that it is aimed at children. It must be simple and easily understood while being quite accurate. Use technical vocabulary when you need to, but don't use big words where simpler language would work.


  1. Introduction  
  2. Using water resources  
  3. Using communication systems  
  4. Health and hygiene  
  5. Building houses  
  6. Ways of farming  
  7. Dealing with waste  
  8. Creating energy  
  9. Building infrastructures  
  10. Improving transportation  

Major Questions

The points to appear in every page are:

  • A summary of the issue or process to be discussed.
  • Brief history of the technologies or processes in question.
  • Applications of technologies that can be used to drive development.
  • Environmental considerations for the technologies or processes.
  • Safety and hygiene.
  • Diagrams to illustrate the main concepts


The goal of this project is to inform people and especially children in rural communities of technologies that could improve their way of living.

To achieve that goal translating the text into many languages will be an important. As the document evolves it will be probable that each translation will differ from the original English text, in the early stages of the project that would not matter. However, before a text in a language other than English should be deemed complete, it should coincide with the English text. To achieve this either the text in question or the English text could be updated. In case of dispute the English text would prevail as stated in the GNU license.