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1 P ractical Answers How it Works by Margaret Rukwaro

2 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Practical Action An international development agency working with poor communities to help them choose and use technology to improve their lives today and for generations to come Mission - To use technology to challenge poverty, working with poor people Vision - Sustainable world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used for the benefit of all

3 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Practical Action Practical Action works with poor communities to help them choose and use technology to improve their lives for today and generations to come. We focus our efforts, skills and resources around four international programmes: –Reducing vulnerability - We help reduce the vulnerability of poor people affected by natural disasters, conflict and environmental degradation. –Making markets work for the poor - We help poor people to make a better living – by enabling producers to improve their production, processing and marketing. –Improve access to services - We help poor communities gain access to basic services – water, sanitation, housing and electricity –New technologies – help poor communities respond to the challenges of new technologies, helping them to access effective technologies that can change lives

4 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Practical Answers Knowledge sharing service of Practical Action –Disseminators of practical information and knowledge to development practitioners –We specialize in knowledge about appropriate technologies A service created to provide a means of accessing the wealth of technical information held by Practical Action People who need knowledge about technology have access to relevant knowledge resources. Assist in sharing knowledge internally & externally

5 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Pillars of Practical Answers Resource Centre Technical Enquiry Service (TES) Technical information online (TIO) Mass media Offline (traditional) Communication Localized Knowledge products Knowledge Nodes

6 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Technical Enquiries Service (TES) First enquiry recorded in 1968 in response to unsolicited enquiries sent to ITDG (Practical Action) TES based on direct contacts with knowledge seekers First point of contact in information Sharing Sharing what we know Scaling up our impacts Broker in information sharing Currently more 300 Technical Briefs in the website

7 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 How TES Works

8 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Sources of Enquiries Development workers Community based organizations NGOs and other agencies using appropriate technologies to implement sustainable development Individuals Students Researchers Enquiries are received through: Face to face Letters Telephone E-mail Website Thr Programmes

9 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Data Collection Collect the following data that guides us: –Category of the enquiry –Classification / category –Mode of Communication –Name of the enquirer and contacts –Country of origin –County of application –Date received / Date responded –Gender Demand of information Analysis of data collected give the trend of knowledge What to acquire for the community / enquirers Future decision making e.g. project conception

10 Technical Enquiry Process Request for knowledge Response preparation Delivery of information/ma terial, data recording Follow up Analysing data & Reporting Instant, material search, share with experts, material collection Phone, face to face contact, letters, visit, email, project staff, website Follow up impact, document stories of change

11 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 TES Statistics

12 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 TES Database

13 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Localization of Knowledge EnglishKiswahili 1 Fruit juice processingUandaaji wa vinywaji vya matunda 2 Recycling organic wasteKurudufu takatka ili kuitumia tena 3 Peanut processingUtengenezaji wa bidhaa za njugu karanga 4 Community cereal bankBenki ya nafaka ya jamii 5 Chimney stoves and smoke hoodsStovu zenya dohani na vifuniko vya moshi 6 Solar dryingSola: Ukaushaji kwa sola 7 Recycling plasticsKurudufu plastiki 8 Tomato processingUandaaji na uhifadhi wa bidhaa za nyanya

14 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Measure the impact of the information provided User follow-up Do a follow up by calling the enquirers and visiting them We want to know if our info is useful if not how can we improve on it Want to know who are our beneficiaries and the number of beneficiaries. What other information would have been useful? What was missing in the information received? How was it implemented? Difficulties faced in implementation? What type of knowledge information is difficult to get? What form of knowledge product they would prefer? Suggestions from enquirer

15 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Practical Answers CD Published & printed material http://www.developmentbookshop.com/ Sources of Knowledge

16 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Lessons from experience Access to accurate and timely information by rural men & women can result in enhanced economic and social development. People in rural areas are hungry of knowledge that can improve their livelihoods despite their age or status

17 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Sharing Info with Communities

18 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Sharing knowledge with Communities

19 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Adopted technologies by schools Water Distiller 1.Students getting access to our info thr community knowledge centres e.g. ALIN and adopting the technology 2.Adopted from Practical Answers CDROM and works miracles words of one of the teachers. It featured in 2009 International Climate Challenge (ICC) Exhibition/Competition for schools with Lariak Day Secondary School. 3.How it works 1.Made like a trough and has two outlets (pipes) one for putting H2O other for removing condensed vapour. 2.Inside painted black to absorb heat, water almost boils, it evaporates then finds the covering glass which is cold because of the air outside 3.Vapour condenses on the glass. There is a gutter round the box which acts as the outlet, a polythene put at the other end to collect the condensed vapor in form of water 4.Any impurities left in the box 5.Can do 10 liters in a day depending on the weather; the hotter the weather the more purified water one gets 6.Water is then put in clean bottles/flasks fro drinking by students and techers

20 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Stabilized Soil Blocks

21 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Our story: localized solar drier

22 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Adopted technologies : Energy Saving Jiko This is adopted from one book donated by Practical Action. It was adopted by Mr. Ben Mathenge. Many households in the area, including schools have benefited. Its the right step in addressing the issue on Climate change

23 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Simple Technologies Application of ash in crops to prevent insects attacking the plants - This crucial information has been practiced by many members as can be seen at the base of the mango tree Squirrel trap: Now used in many farms adopted from a magazine donated to Ngarua Maarifa the centre.

24 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Individually we know very little but together we know a lot or everything – Information shared is information doubled

25 Technical Enquiry Service (TES) - How it works 29th Nov. 2010 Thank you The gift of material makes people dependent. The gift of knowledge makes them free E.F. Schumacher Founder - Practical Action


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