The 5th International Conference on Appropriate Technology

The 5th International Conference on Appropriate Technology

November 20-24, 2012, Saint George Hotel and Convention Centre, Pretoria South Africa

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Appropriate Technology for the 21st Century: linking education, research and practice to inform policy

The theme of our fifth International Conference on
Appropriate Technology is designed to:

  1. Promote the identification, assessment, archiving and tracking of appropriate technology education, research and practice
  2. Focus on how to impact technology policy to safeguard the planet and empower the people, particularly historically oppressed and disadvantaged population
  3. Provide a forum for networking on appropriate technology solutions to sustainable development in Africa and across the Global South


Climate change will impact the poorest countries and people the hardest. According to leading environmentalists, in Africa, climate change has already caused irreversible environmental damage. Curtailing negative climate change and enacting solutions to poverty both require sustainable ecologically sound solutions. According to the United Nations, some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion people lack basic sanitation. Ending poverty and improving the quality of life of this planet’s poorest requires increased productivity in agriculture, industry and transport can only happen with increased water and energy access and utilization. Most importantly, public health and human productivity require technology practice that addresses the basic needs of the people. Promoting appropriate technology means implementing policies to safeguard the planet and empower the broadest population


The official language of the conference will be English.