Changing Concepts for a Developing World

by Nhora I. Cortes-Comerer, Production Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 1, Pg. 66-69

Document Type: Feature article


Results of the traditional from the top-down approach to foreign aid have proved disappointing; growth without equitable distribution of benefits is ineffective, and technology alone is not enough. The trend is a conscious shift to the village—from concessional assistance to supportive aid; from sophisticated technical systems to simple appropriate technologies. The new approach stresses rural development aimed at increasing food production, preventing unemployment through labor-intensive projects; offsetting population growth by development, and increasing education's role to include adaption to change. The ideas of E.F. Schumacher in relation to the use of appropriate technologies are touched upon.

Subject Headings: Job satisfaction | Rural areas | Labor | Population projection

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