German Appropriate Technology Exchange
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Centre allemand d'inter-technologie
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GATE is not only the name of this quarterly. It also stands for
German Appropriate Technology Exchange, founded in 1978 as a special division
(Division 4020) of the government-owned Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische
Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Agency for Technical Cooperation).
GATE is a centre for the dissemination and promotion of
appropriate technologies for developing countries. GATE defines "appropriate
technologies" as those which appear particularly apposite in the light of
economic, social and cultural criteria. They should contribute to socio-economic
development whilst ensuring optimal utilization of resources and minimal
detriment to the environment. Depending on the case at hand a traditional.
intermediate or highly developed technology can be the "appropriate" one.
GATE focusses its work on the following areas:
- Technology Dissemination: Collecting, processing and
disseminating information on technologies appropriate to the needs of the
developing countries. ascertaining the technological requirements of Third World
countries; support in the form of personnel, material and equipment to promote
the development and adaptation of technologies for developing countries.
- Research and Development: Conducting and/or promoting research
and development work in appropriate technologies.
- Cooperation in Technological Development: Cooperation in the
form of joint projects with relevant institutions in developing countries and in
the Federal Republic of Germany.
- Environmental Protection: The growing importance of ecology
and environmental protection requires better coordination and harmonization of
projects. In order to tackle these tasks more effectively, a coordination centre
was set up within GATE in 1985.
GATE offers a free information service in appropriate
technologies for all public and privet development institutions in countries
dealing with the development, adaptation application and introduction of
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