How simple vibrating machines and moulds have created jobs for tens of thousands and put roofs over millions of heads.
The importance of encouraging localised small-scale craftsmen and ‘grass roots’ manufacturers was first pointed out by Mahatma Gandhi one of the founders of the Indian Nation. His approach was based on traditional tools and practices which he extolled by, for instance, making his own clothes from cotton which was produced on a hand operated spinning wheel. He also produced some salt as a revolutionary gesture against British rule which tried to treat this activity as taxable. A German born, British naturalised Oxford economist, Dr EF Schumacher, having been invited by the Government of newly-independent India, concluded that the Gandhian approach to localised production indeed aided the alleviation of policy, but should not be ‘static’ (clinging to traditional crafts), but ‘dynamic’ coming up with a multitude of ways encouraging localised production requiring the application of a new category of technology – Intermediate Technology. This would respond to the availability of innovations and discoveries which could enable small producers to address market aspirations. It would give customers access to materials and end products, including in agriculture, construction and energy, (hydro and wind power) and improving domestic appliances such as cooking stoves, all better than coping with unaltered circumstances.
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