- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: ITDG Publishing (1 January 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853395072
- ISBN-13: 978-1853395079
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2 x 23.3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,76,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mastering the Machine Revisited: Poverty, aid and technology Paperback – Import, 1 Jan 2000
"Read Smillie if you want something constructive."
"A rare book. A direct, no-nonsense investigation of poverty."
About the Author
Ian Smillie is an Ottawa-based development consultant and writer. He has lived and worked widely in Africa and Asia, and his knowledge of Bangladesh spans more than three decades. Author of several books on international development, he was a founder of the Canadian development organization, Inter Pares, and was Executive Director of CUSO. In addition to his other work, he is associated with the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University and serves as Research Coordinator on Partnership Africa Canada's 'Diamonds and Human Security Project'. He is a participant in the intergovernmental 'Kimberley Process, ' which has developed a global certification system for rough diamonds.
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The author knows the field well, and I liked that he doesn't sugar coat the many challenges that have faced technology development and transfer in the developing world. Since this book, other authors such as William Easterly and Dambissa Moyo have added additional critiques of aid, but less has been written on technology development and design for these markets. The notable exception is Paul Polak's book Out of Poverty. It appears that those who are doing it (Amy Smith, Ashok Gadgil, Tim Prestero) are too busy to write a book about it. But you can catch them on TED videos and occasional interviews.
Smillie has a new book out on BRAC called Freedom From Want. Part of the reason I am writing this short review is that I was surprised that there was no review for this earlier book of his.
Bottom line, a good background book for those interested in technology development as a tool of international development. It might prevent you from making the same mistakes as others before you, as well as give you an idea of who has been doing what in the field. Combined with Polak's book, you would have a good start!
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