A crash course in changing the world.
Don’t fight culture (If people cook by stirring their stews, they’re not going to use a solar oven, no matter what you do to market it. Make them a better stove instead.) AND Innovate on existing platforms (We’ve got bicycles and mobile phones in Africa, plus lots of metal to weld. Innovate using that stuff, rather than bringing in completely new tech.)
In terms of actual application I found this to be a helpful standard. I know in Afghanistan one of the issues we were having in development was (1) exporting ideas, frameworks, etc.. such as American democracy which are alien to Afghan tradition and (2) building new platforms like giant hydrodams instead of improving the generators in the villages or working to build on the localized platforms. I think if states and organizations followed these standards in their understanding and approach in Africa we wouldn't get so much recoil.