RDOL101: Appropriate Technology for the Developing World
Are you interested in international development, humanitarian work, or helping others with renewable energy internationally? If you answered yes- this course is for you! The first section of this course surveys technologies that aim to improve people’s access to basic human needs: water and sanitation, food processing and cooking technologies, biomass, rural electrification, and appropriate building techniques. The second section of the class focuses on project development and implementation. Throughout this course the focus is on the community- their needs, how to guide decision makers to understand the benefits of different technologies, and how to learn from the community. Working with a community will ensure the success of an appropriate technology project.Students will learn about different project funding options and innovative financing schemes that can be employed to make projects successful and sustainable. A major focus is how to successfully engage partners and communities, and build local capacity.