Technologies for Sustainable Development

A Way to Reduce Poverty?

  • Jean-Claude Bolay
  • Silvia Hostettler
  • Eileen Hazboun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Silvia Hostettler, Jean-Claude Bolay
      Pages 3-9
  3. What is an Appropriate Technology?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Guillaume Deflaux, Thierry Agagliate, Jean-Etienne Durand, Pierre Yamaogo
      Pages 33-42
    3. Christian Riuji Lohri, Martin Gauthier, Alain Oppliger, Christian Zurbrügg
      Pages 57-72
    4. R. P. S. Malik, C. de Fraiture, Dhananjay Ray
      Pages 73-84
    5. Theophile Mande, Natalie Ceperley, Steven V. Weijs, Alexandre Repetti, Marc B. Parlange
      Pages 85-98
    6. Mahesh Neupane, Richard Opoku, Anju Sharma, Rabindra Adhikari, Jay Krishna Thakur, Manoj Kafle
      Pages 99-112
    7. Cristina Ruales-Lonfat, Angélica Varón López, José Fernando Barona, Alejandro Moncayo-Lasso, Norberto Benítez Vásquez, César Pulgarín
      Pages 113-128
  4. How to Ensure an Integrated Sustainable Development?

  5. Technology Transfer or Co-Creation? Knowledge Sharing and Empowerment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. François Golay, Stefan Ziegler, Nicole Harari, Béatrice Métaireau, Claudio Carneiro, Martin Schuler
      Pages 263-274
    3. C. S. Shaijumon, Satheesh Menon
      Pages 287-297
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 299-303

About these proceedings


Whilst scientific research can be crucial in guiding innovation and development throughout the world, it can be too detached from real world applications, particularly in developing and emerging countries. Technologies for Sustainable Development brings together the best 20 papers from the 2012 Conference of the EPFL-UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development with the aim to explore and discuss ways to link scientific research with development practices to assist practitioners and reply directly to social needs.


In order for technologies to be adopted it is not sufficient that they are low cost and affordable but also socially, culturally and environmentally accepted by the intended users. Technologies for Sustainable Development aims to explore and answer the following three questions:


• What is an appropriate technology?

• How can we ensure a sustainable, integrated development?

• What are the conditions for co-creation and transfer of such technologies?


Focusing on the importance of improving working relationships between stakeholders; researchers and decision-makers; between scientists and industrial sectors; between academics and the population; Technologies for Sustainable Development  opens a dialogue necessary to create and implement the best solutions adapted to social demands.


Appropriate Technology and User-driven Development Capacity Building Community Management Integrated Design for Sustainable Building Development Local Fabrication

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Claude Bolay
    • 1
  • Silvia Hostettler
    • 2
  • Eileen Hazboun
    • 3
  1. 1.VPAA – Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne VPAALausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne VPAALausanneSwitzerland

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