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German Appropriate Technology Exchange
Centro Alemán pare Tecnologias Apropiadas
Centre allemand d'inter-technologie appropriée
Deutsches Zentrum für Entwicklungstechnologien

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 21) of the government-owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für 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 three key areas

- Technology exchange (Section 211): Collecting, processing and disseminating information on technologies appropriate to the needs of the developing countries;ascertainingthetechnologicalrequirementsofThirdWorldcountries; support in the form of personnel, material and equipment to promote the development and adaptation of technologies for developing countries.

- Research and development (Section 212): Conducting and/or promoting research and development work in appropriate technologies.

- Cooperation in technological development (Section 213): Cooperation in the form of joint projects with relevant institutions in developing countries and in the Federal Republic of Germany.

For several years GATE has been an active supporter of the SATIS network (Socially Appropriate Technology International Information Service) and has entered into cooperation agreements with a number of technology centres in Third World countries. In addition, GATE participates regularly in exhibitions and trade fairs both in the Federal Republic of Germany and abroad.


GATE offers a free information service on appropriate technologies for all public and private development institutions in developing countries. dealing with the development, adaptation. application and introduction of technologies.

N.B.: The more precise your query, the better the answer GATE can give you. At the same time you help us cut down costs. Thank you!

Deutsches Zentrum für Entwicklungstechnologien
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1
D-6236 Eschborn 1
Federal Republic of Germany