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Bikes don’t grow on trees. They do now …

Years back I asked my Father for a bike and, in a homily that introduced the idea of the Saturday job, he told me that they didn’t grow on trees. They do now. On the outskirts of Lusaka in Zambia next years … Continue reading

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Aakash transforming livelihoods

Aakash is a hindi word meaning “sky or “ether”. It is a word that will become better known. Now, it is the brand name for an Android-based tablet computer produced by the British company Datawind and manufactured by the India … Continue reading

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Design transforms livelihoods

Last year, Dr Graham Hamilton of Yorks St John University led a team visiting the NAESEY Project in Tamil Nadu – a training initiative for the rural unemployed. This year they repeated the trip which featured a design initiative led … Continue reading

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3i Infotech launch I-SERV …

3i Infotech, a global information technology company, has announced the launch of I-SERV, a brand for its retail services to consumers in remote rural areas in India. These services are geared to empower people in these remote areas to carry … Continue reading

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Innovation and a can do mentality

The unique challenges of the informal economy and, its linkages to the wider market demand innovative solutions and an ability to deliver despite endless frustration. As C K Prahalad puts it, “Getting the right combination of scale, technology, price, sustainability … Continue reading

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Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful (1973) dispelled the myth that the tractor was always the best technology to use. Western high tech fixes can often be counter productive. There is no good or bad technology to carry out a task – … Continue reading

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