|SPORE Bulletin of the CTA No. 69 (CTA Spore, 1997, 16 p.)|
For more than 15 years ISAT, the Information and Advisory Service on Appropriate Technology, has been involved in the development, adaptation and dissemination of appropriate technology. Appropriate technologies use available local resources with minimal damage to the environment and so aim to improve the economic, ecological and socio-cultural conditions of the disadvantaged segments of the population.
ISAT provides assistance to all organizations and institutions working in development cooperation through a number of services. These include a question-and-answer service, a range of documentation and publications, and the use of networks to help get information to those whom it would benefit most.
Every year almost 3,000 customers (individuals, institutions or organizations) make use of ISAT's question-and-answer service which is provided free-of-charge for users in developing countries. The service attempts to answer each specific question or complex problem with individual advice provided by the regional adviser responsible. The complexity of the question determines the level of involvement by the ISAT experts. A number of stages can be involved in finding the answer, from the advise's own knowledge and experience, a literature search, passing the enquiry on to specialized advisory services, companies or institutes, or even arranging for and financing local or external short-term consultancy.
ISAT also has its own appropriate technology library providing access to more than 10,000 documents and books and 250 journals. The documentation centre includes reports and statements, some of which have never been published, and also project reports, scientific literature, and international literature. As with the question-and answer service, these documents are available to all parties in the field of development cooperation free-of-charge. ISAT not only makes documentation available, but offers a number of other services including advice to people looking for literature, consultancy on setting up and developing documentation centres, and training courses for documentalists.
ISAT believes in the importance of making information available to the public and uses the knowledge it gains from feedback and enquiries to determine gaps in the information available Experienced experts are then commissioned to close these gaps and make the results of their work available.
The appropriate technology information is not just made available through technical books and leaflets, but also journals and the use of films and other media. Advice can also be given on the production and distribution of books, journals and other audio visual material, as well as organizing exhibitions and other special events.
To assist and involve local expertise in their work ISAT cooperates with a number of regional information networks including SIATA based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso for West and Central Africa, RATIS based in Harare, Zimbabwe for East and Southern Africa, MAELA and CLADES in Latin American and RISE-AT in Asia. For assitance or queries, ISAT can be contacted by post, email or fax.
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