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Lecture Notes

1 Introduction: Appropriate Technologies in the Developing World Amy Smith (PDF) (PDF)

World Facts Quiz (PDF) and Answers (PDF)

Student Profile (PDF)


2 Appropriate Technology and Intermediate Technology Amy Smith (PDF - 1.3 MB) (PDF)  

Participatory Development

Role Playing Exercise

Amy Smith   (PDF) Wheelchairs for the World: Role Playing Exercise (PDF)

Stakeholder Analysis

Perspectives on Development


Amy Smith, Kurt Kornbluth, and Prof. Mitch Resnick

(PDF 1)

(PDF 2 - 1.1 MB)

(PDF 3) (Courtesy of Prof. Mitch Resnick. Used with permission.)

5 Presentations on Countries and Projects     (PDF)  

Water Issues in the Developing World

Lab: Water Lab


Amy Smith   (PDF)  
7 Water Treatment Systems Daniele Lantagne, CDC (PDF - 2.2 MB) (Courtesy of Daniele Lantagne. Used with permission.) (PDF)  
8 Project Team Meetings        
9 DISACARE Case Study Kurt Kornbluth (PDF - 2.5 MB) (PDF) DISACARE Case Study Supplement (PDF)
10 Manufacturing in Developing Countries Amy Smith and Kurt Kornbluth (PDF) (PDF)  
11 Initial Project Presentations        
13 R & D for Sustainable Development in Rural Areas Anil Rajvanshi, NARI (PDF) (Courtesy of Anil K. Rajvanshi. Used with permission.) (PDF )  
14 Marketing to the Bottom of the Pyramid Allan Hammond, WRI   (PDF )  
15 Poverty Reduction Schemes Amy Smith (PDF) (PDF)  
16 Project Team Meetings        
17 Agricultural Technology Showcase I Amy Smith (PDF - 1.1 MB) (PDF)  
18 Agricultural Technology Showcase II Paul Polak, IDE (PDF - 2.2 MB) (Courtesy of Paul Polak. Used with permission.) (PDF)  
20 Energy Issues in Developing Countries     (PDF)  
22 Project Status Presentations Team Leads   (PDF)  
23 Photo-voltaic System Design Dr. Jim Bales, MIT   (PDF)  

Life Cycle Analysis

Lab: Charcoal Manufacture

Kurt Kornbluth   (PDF)  
25 Project Team Meetings        
26 Health Issues in the Developing World Claire Pierre MD, Cambridge Health Alliance (PDF) (Courtesy of Claire-Cecile Pierre, M.D. Used with permission.) (PDF) Leading Causes of Death: Tables 1, 19 and 21 (PDF)
27 Humanitarian Bridge Building Toni Ruttimann   (PDF)  
28 Sanitation and Latrine Technology Laura Orlando, ReSource      
30 Gender Issues in Development Prof. Christine Walley, MIT   (PDF)  
31 ICT4D (Information and Communications Technologies for Development) Leo Burd, MIT   (PDF)  
32 Project Team Meetings        

Field Project Logistics

Trip Planning

Travel Information, Health and Safety


Amy Smith and Kurt Kornbluth   (PDF)

Packing List (PDF)

Travel Tips (PDF)

Design Challenge Worksheet (PDF)

34 Survey and Assessment Techniques Sumi Ariely, MIT (PDF) (Courtesy of Sumi Ariely. Used with permission.) (PDF)  
35 The Better World Workshop Carl Bielenberg   (PDF)  
36 Project Team Meetings        
37 Medical Anthropology - Prosthetics Steve Kurzman   (PDF)  

Final Presentations




(PDF 1 of 2 - 2.7 MB)

(PDF 2 of 2 - 2.8 MB)