The Intermediate Technology Development Group enables [poor people] to develop and use productive technologies and methods which give them greater control over their lives and which contribute to the long-term development of their communities. It reaches communities through its Country Offices and through its work in India, Malawi and Nepal In each country, the focus is on a number of programme activities which span a wide technological range and encompass a number of different types of partnership.
2. It is not enough simply to develop a sound technology. Widespread acceptance and effective use depends on the proper organization and execution of replication programmes. Complications can easily arise when different organizations, with different levels of expertise and approaches to replication, become involved in the transfer of the technology from one location to another. Promising new technologies can easily fall into disrepute if the quality (of both the technology and the introduction process) suffers and the intended benefits fail to materialize. Mechanisms are therefore necessary to link local, regional, and national organizations into a supportive multilevel network to ensure proper transfer while remaining sensitive to user needs.
2. Appropriate technology creates a double standard that lengthens the journey of economic development.
3. Although the appropriate-technology movement can point to many individual successes, there is little evidence that it has contributed much to achieving technological dynamism. Consequently, despite its obvious appeal, appropriate technology has failed to be adopted into the mainstream as the dominant form of technology-practice.