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Participatory Technology Development (PTD)


PTD focuses on technology development appropriate to the needs, interests and skills of the users, usually starting from technology with which they are already familiar and competent. The purpose of PTD is to enable users to maintain a sense of control and ownership of technology, to provide them with information about the options available to them and the knowledge to assess alternatives. PTD utilises indigenous knowledge – the local knowledge that is unique to a given culture or society. Indigenous knowledge has a value in its own right, enjoys high credibility locally, is not dependent on a high level of education, and has its own channels of dissemination. By taking time and effort to document local knowledge, it becomes accessible to those trying to introduce change. A relationship based on understanding and respect helps to establish a sound basis for participatory approaches.

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