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  • 1. Communicating Technologies at the grass-roots Dr Robert Hodgson Housing & Hazards Group
  • 2. Housing & Hazards has been looking at ways of communicating better technologies for 15 years. Housing development is an issue that affects everyone from the end-user to the decision-makers in Dhaka – different approaches are needed for different stakeholders. This talk looks at some of the issues we have encountered through Action-Research at village level in Bangladesh. Some issues may not be relevant now but could be borne in mind if resistance to innovation is encountered.
  • 3.
    • Constraints on technology transfer
      • Other things to do
      • No security of tenure
      • Many hazards – benefits may seem marginal
      • No extra money right now
      • No access to knowledge
      • No one listens to me!
      • I really want a pukka house
  • 4.
    • Acceptable innovations need to be
      • Appropriate
      • Accessible
      • Available
      • Affordable
  • 5. Demo houses spread the word But must be accessible and used Some people didn't relate to this one – it was too big This one will be maintained
  • 6. Graphics and script in a low-literacy environment Probably not the issue it was 20 years ago but worth checking: Cartoons are sometimes hard to understand if you are not familiar with the 'conventions'
  • 7. Perspective is important - Size matters!
  • 8. Is it really women's work?
  • 9. Effectiveness of different modes of learning After Ian Davis, 1996
  • 10. Cement stabilisation Soils mapped. Initial experiments made to determine cement content required Areas bordering the Bay of Bengal may be difficult – look for sandy soils Location Sand/ Silt% Clay% Stabilisation process Dinajpur >80 <20 3-5% cement Manikganj >60 <40 5% cement Gopalganj <20 >80 8-9% cement + 20% sand
  • 11. A simple soil test To assess clay content using glass of water Visual – helps remember Best to get people to do it themselves.
  • 12.  
  • 13.
    • Need to include
    • everyone
      • Artisans
      • Householders
      • Trainers
    Opportunities for other skills training
  • 14. Aspirations of modernity Some of UK's former country hovels are now its most sought after homes Good to see that building with mud is starting in Dhaka!
  • 15. How do we really help people help themselves? Introducing Bert
  • 16. Conclusions Demo houses must be used Make activities both interactive and repetetive Involve everyone Test all graphics Real choices mean real work (for us).