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24 October 2010 @ 12:04 am
Powerlessness and technology  
I agree with those who say that a root cause  of  poverty is powerlessness. But political power, especially in rural villages, is inextricably tied to economic power. - Paul Polak, talking about e m powerment through treadle pumps.

Which is why economically effective technologies - appropriate technologies - matter so much, especially for the rural poor.

The quote is from Paul's blog post, The Birth and Death of Big Institutions. Paul Polak promotes the idea of "Design for the Other 90%".