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Provide skills, not just finished technologies. The current revolution in design for developing countries is the notion of co-creation, of teaching the skills necessary to create the solution,
rather than simply providing the solution. By involving the community throughout the design process, you can help equip people to innovate and contribute to the evolution of the product. Furthermore, they acquire the skills needed to create solutions to a much wider variety of problems. They are empowered.
-Amy Smith on rules for design in the developing world
I truly believe that this is a key to helping developing nations. We need to help build a strong foundation to these nations by developing the skills of their people. If you are building the foundation of a house you want it to be as strong as possible, and skills give people leverage to move themselves, their families, and even their nation as wh*** to move forward with a brighter tomorrow. Technology is great but it only helps if you give the right technology to the right person. If you gave a hybrid tech car to a farmer it would do them no good. He would need something like a tractor, an irrigation system, or larger truck to transport his crops. Skills last with a person their wh*** life technology does not.