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close this bookGATE - 1/87 - Research and Development (GTZ GATE, 1987, 52 p.)
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Development Technology Centre
P.O. Box MP 167
Mount Pleasant
Telephone: 303211 ext. 664

The DTC was established at the University of Zimbabwe at the beginning of 1986 and is at present located in the Engineering Building. The DTC:

- has a library on appropriate technologies and is open to the public;

- has a technical advice service;

- distributes new information on technologies;

- tries to identify rural needs better for technologies;

- does research and development on lesser known technologies;

- is in contact with government departments, NGOs, farming centres, schools and individuals to share experience in appropriate technologies;

- links with other training institutions for workshops.

Development Technology

"Technology" refers to all those items of equipment (hardware), techniques (software), practices, materials and associated energy inputs that people use to extend the capability of their own hands, in order to increase productivity and improve their own effectiveness for work and living.

It includes small-scale technology that has been called by a variety of names by different people at different times, such as village, people's, social, intermediate and appropriate technology.

In Zimbabwe, the term "Development Technology" has been increasingly used since the Government-sponsored "Development Technology Exhibition" was held in Bulawayo in 1982.

Development Technology refers not only to unrelated items of equipment, but rather to a concept of development, a package often - though but not necessarily - found in rural areas, which results in the introduction of a package of software and hardware inputs which are accepted by the people as part of their own local area or community development plans. Such technology should be simple enough to permit local manufacture, use, repair, and control using locally available resources, where money, time education, training and management skills are often limiting constraints, and where there is a need for fuller employment and income-generating activities.

The University Technology Forum (UTF) is shortly to become part of the Development Technology Centre (DTC), a cooperation partner of GATE.


Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation
P.O.Box 21493
Telephone: Kittwe 2145 72/

In 1958 Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation was founded out of the need to establish an institution to serve the Christian Church and the community at large. It was created as a center of study, worship and consultation, where men and women may deepen their understanding of questions affecting the unity and renewal of the church, and its responsibility in the life of the community.

Today, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation has matured into a truly international, interdenominational, ecumenical and training institution. It coordinates, arranges and facilitates training programmes for the church, church-related institutions and non-governmental bodies.


The capital expenditure of the Foundation since its inauguration in September, 1958 has been about K 3,000,000. This money has been generously provided by the World Council of Churches. Church bodies in Canada. Germany, Britain, The Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Norway; by the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines, individuals and other international and local bodies.

Annual recurrent expenditure is about K 2 million, of which three quarters is raised in the country and the remainder contributed from overseas. Although the MEF is striving to achieve economic self-sufficiency, this can only be a long-term aim and it will inevitably continue to be dependent for many years on overseas generosity to meet constantly increasing maintenance costs.

Conferences, consultations, research and resource

This programme promotes an in-depth understanding of current problems and issues in African society and provides a setting for dialogue and reconciliation, as well as stimulating discussions that result in action.

It maintains contact with churches and organizations. It feeds other programmes with the latest data and felt needs for their appropriate action.

Industry and commerce

One of the programmes established within Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation is the Industry and Commerce Programme which conducts a number of courses for various levels of personnel drawn from industrial and commercial companies as well as government and parastatal organizations.

The Industry and Commerce Programme Faculty consists of qualified and experienced trainers, both Zambian as well as expatriate, who have considerable experience in industry and commerce.

The Youth Development Scheme

The Youth Development Scheme currently consists of two programmes: Pottery and Textile Design. The aim of the scheme is to train school levers in skills which will enable them to become self-employed.

Women's Training Programme

The Women's Training Programme offers the following courses Diploma in Women's Leadership (9 months); Home Science (18 months); and the Community Development Leadership Course for Women.

Community Development Programme

The Community Development Programme was created in 1985 to maintain and strengthen Mindolo's participation and involvement in rural development projects.

This means that Mindolo would help or assist in initiating self-help or community development projects in rural Zambian communities.