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May 1976, Vancouver (Canada), as Transnational Network for Appropriate Technologies -- Réseau transnational pour les technologies appropriées -- Red Transnacional para Tecnologias Apropiadas, at UN Conference on Human Settlements, 'Habitat', which also led to setting up of United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Restructured as an organization in Dec 1978. Remit extended under current title. Ceased to exist 2010.


Stimulate exchange among those actively involved in the alternative and transformational movements worldwide; educate the public on the concept of alternative technology; promote local community self-reliance; promote dialogue towards re-evaluation of the role of science and technology, particularly in relation to the Third World.

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Current emphasis is on creating learning communities as a replacement for the dysfunctional school/teach/educate syndrome. Developing a compendium of social innovations which empower grassroots; participates in 'Global Nodes Project' to develop solidarity among grass roots groups promoting alternative projects and also participates in other alternative development programmes. Special project (2006-2007): 'A Coalition for Self-Learning' developing a network of, by and for learning co-ops.


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Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 81 countries
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Subjects *

  • Technology
    • Technology
  • Innovative change
    • Appropriateness

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



Last News Received

17. Aug 2010
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