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google scholar for Plasmodium wormwood

Small jobs, do soon[edit]

Promo for WPID[edit]

  • am now starting to contact organizations (e.g. these ones):
    • to let them know about the resource
    • to ask them to put it in their newsletters
    • to let them know that it is easy to edit Wikipedia, that if they do want to share their expertise, that would be great
    • to let them know that if they don't want to get into editing, they are still very welcome to post suggestions or feedback on the Wikiproject talk page
    • to suggest that reading and working on articles in Wikipedia is a great way for students to learn, and a great way for development volunteers to prepare for a placement
  • we can contact relevant experts to ask for suggestions on resources and feedback on articles (at the same time ensuring that they know about Wikipedia's articles in their topic area)
  • we can post a brief notice on development-oriented discussion lists
  • I have added a section on translating to the project page - and as I travel in Asia I will be on the lookout for keen people to help (partly through my contact with local NGO's and development professionals).

Things to do when I have time (a lot of time, on broadband internet)[edit]

Links for research[edit]

Misc stuff to check[edit]

More suitable for personal reading[edit]

Look up these books in library[edit]

  • Paper Heroes: Appropriate Technology : Panacea or Pipe Dream? - Witold Rybczynski
  • check catalog, then this biblio

==== Appropriate technology ====

A.T. general research:

as a Social Movement]

The term came into use during the 1973 energy crisis and the environmental movement of the 1970s.
It is often used to describe technologies, like wind power, that provide an alternative to fossil fuels. Also, it is sometimes used to describe things like the telephone, radio and television that can reduce the need for travel or replace print. {-> sustainable tech?) Such usage is controversial, as, very often, windmills or electronics may rely on very high technology elsewhere. It is usually only "appropriate" to use technologies that can at least be locally repaired. Which technologies are truly "appropriate" remains a matter of ongoing debate among those that have pioneered the concept.
The University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada has a Centre for Appropriate Technology. (doesn't seem to) It has adapted tools of nearby Mennonite communities to direct use in developing nations.
His group at LSHTM has studied the health impact of environmental interventions such as water supply, sanitation and mosquito control, and of operational and policy aspects of water supply, low-cost sanitation, surface water drainage, and solid waste management. He is technical director of WELL, a resource centre providing technical advice on water and environmental health to the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and other agencies. He is also an editor of Tropical Medicine & International Health, and a trustee of WaterAid.


Tropical Environmental Health, as well as contributing to a number of other courses and study units on topics such as water & sanitation, PHC and Guinea worm eradication, hygiene promotion, monitoring the coverage of water supplies, sanitation and hygiene, wastewater irrigation and other related topics.

Re stoves: Dung cleanly indoors (to avoid the health problems)? The Pellet stove looks like a promising idea and has been listed on the Appropriate technology page but it appears to be a device suitable for developed societies. or google on "improved wood burning stove" Also: study in progress

  • Check this, from

I always thought that we could harnass the power of fitness gyms. i wonder if it gyms could at least be energy self sufficient? Posted by: adrian cotter at March 8, 2004 11:03 AM

I totally love this idea.

The World Bank's up to some interesting stuff: Posted by: Alex at March 8, 2004 11:15 AM

Great idea. I just wish the proper people were credited for it. The earliest I've heard of it was in the 70's at a place in Eastern Columbia called Gaviotas. Read the book of the same name, it's inspiring. Posted by: Kevin at March 8, 2004 07:40 PM

Kevin - That's interesting. I have read Gaviotas, but Social Design Notes' Aug 03 post about it reminded me about their policy against patenting inventions, preferring to share their designs freely (he also lists other inventions developed at the site). This may account for any failure to credit the designer.

Victor Papanek, who worked for UNESCO, famously held a similar policy, and his work was copied for years. His approach had to do with making useful designs available to the largest possible population in the developing world.

DemoTech (based in the Netherlands) seems to work on similar principles: Posted by: Dawn Danby at March 8, 2004 08:06 PM

*merge Zeer pot




  1. Filter (water)
  2. Rapid sand filter
  3. Media filter
Management issues[edit]




Sustainability & category - links to AT?

  1. concrete with magnesium compound...?
  2. Water-saving device
  3. Composting toilet
  4. Renewable energy: Category:Renewable energy as subcategory.


International development

  1. Kamal Kar - google "Kamal Kar" ngo OR ngos OR ngo's
  2. Akhtar Hameed Khan
  3. Development as Freedom

Urban planning & housing[edit]

Urban planning & housing

Learn about Wikipedia:[edit]

  • references & sources
  • title capitalization rules
  • Wikipedia:Categories
  • "Community Portal" & village pump?

Wikimania 2006 is planned for August 4-8, 2006.[edit]

Wikimania, ( &

Misc useful links[edit]