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Appropriate Technology for the Developing World - Online

Course ID: RDOL101Status: Open


Category: International Rural Development

Course Description: This course explores different technologies that are used in development projects to improve the quality of peoples’ lives and help eliminate poverty.   The class is divided into two sections.  The first section surveys technologies that aim to improve people's access to basic human needs: water and sanitation, food processing and cooking technologies, biomass, rural electrification, and appropriate building techniques.  The second section of the class focuses on project development and implementation.

 Students will learn about different project funding options and innovative financing schemes that can be employed to make projects successful and sustainable.  A major focus is how to successfully engage partners and communities, and build local capacity.  

RDOL101 students receive 1 full year of FREE access to Home Power Magazine Online. You will receive your login in an email 1 to 2 weeks after your course starts.   Click here for more details on online courses and computer requirements.

After this course, student will be able to:


  • Describe how waterborne diseases effect rural populations in the developing world, and how they can be prevented
  • Explain various technologies and their applications for collecting and pumping water 
  • Explain the basic operating premise of a dry composting toilet
  • Describe how electrification projects can benefit healthcare facilities, schools, homes and microenterprises
  • Explain the basic system components for photovoltaic (PV), wind, and microhydro projects
  • Explain the pros, cons, and differences between a community micro-grid and small individual isolated systems
  • Assess the impact of traditional cooking methods and recommend lower impact solutions
  • Describe sustainable building techniques and where they may be appropriate to utilize
  • Implement the participatory process with a community to find the community’s biggest needs
  • Evaluate the local resources and recommend possible solutions to a community
  • Describe the difference between grant funding microenterprise schemes


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Nov 10-Dec 21Online$595.00In Progress
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Nov 9-Dec 20Online$595.00OpenRegister Now


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