Appropriate Technologies for Rural Development in India

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  • Author :Floris P. Blankenberg
  • Year of Publication :2016
  • ISBN: :9788170223719
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 296
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Agriculture, Community Development, Developmental Studies, Rural Development, Science and Technology

About the Book :

This book goes beyond the usual criticism of development projects. It brings forth the positive aspects and argues for better project management besides other things. Dr. Floris P. Blankenberg has synthesised the theoretical and practical aspects in such a way that the students of development would find it very useful. This will prove to be a reference book for UNDP, ECOSOC, EEC and other bilateral aid programmes. It's worth mentioning that Indian administrators and socio-economic development project implementors would find this book useful with actual field situations.
With recent emphasis on rural development and promotion of appropriate technologies, this book will help those concerned in the Planning Commission of India on the energy front. The author's experiences narrated in wind mill project should be eye opener for all of us. Energy, women and rural environment are interdependent and development projects will have to keep this in mind. This is underlying message of the book.
In this book, the implementation of the various projects are described and analysed in details: a windmill, a solar cooker and a biogas project in Gujarat; a biogas, a power ghani, a potter equipment and a handpump project in Tamil Nadu. This scenario applies to every state in India.
The author is clear that it is not to be expected that intermediate technology will contribute to fundamental development of the rural masses.
Despite their shortcomings, it is nevertheless concluded that the newly introduced technology has some marginal positive effects on the position of those people reached by the projects. Thus, this book offers a silver line.

About Author :

Floris Paul Blankenberg born in Utrecht, Holland, 1953, is a keen observer of development policies in the third world. After studying cultural anthropology, he carried out research in Gujarat in 1979. Later, he did his Ph.D. from Twente University of Technology. He did his research work in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Delhi in 1982-84 and later in 1985-87.
Floris Blankenberg acquired deep insight into the third world situation during his research work in India and later as Administrator of DANIDA, in Nookhali district, Bangladesh. Since 1989, he is with NOVIB, a Dutch development NGO. He currently resides in Den Haag, Holland.