This book is about the interaction between poverty, aid and technology. It is about machines and machinery: the machines that produce nuts and bolts, and the machinery of governments and organizations. The book shows the correlation between poverty reduction and different approaches to technology.
Part One: The Failure to Learn From Failure 1. A tale of two worlds 2. Poverty in the South 3. The best of the West: thinking big 4. The third sector and the Third World Part Two: What We Know 5. Technology in history: lies and promises 6. Small is beautiful 7. Farmers, food and forests 8. Post-harvest technologies 9. Energy and power 10. The house that Jack built: construction materials 11. Light engineering and the very late starters Part Three: An Enabling Environment 12. Perspectives on women and technology 13. Employment and the informal sector: the economists lose control 14. Technology: the policy factor 15. Mastering the machine