Title: Technology and the people of Fondwa: an incremental absorption

Authors: Winston Tellis

Addresses: Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT 06824, USA

Abstract: The author worked with the residents of a small rural village in Haiti. In addition to the environmental stress of the region, there was an absence of basic infrastructure to support the basic necessities of life. This article reports on the introduction of a solar cooker to the community in a culturally sensitive manner. The community absorbed that change and went further, into computer networking. The literature particularly in the area of technology transfer was used to guide the researcher during interaction with the local people.

Keywords: appropriate technology; rural development; technology transfer; Haiti; solar cooker; solar energy; solar power; computer networking; rural communities; technology acceptance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2006.010353

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2006 Vol.3 No.6, pp.548 - 557

Published online: 16 Jul 2006 *

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