Appropriate technology is a long-established discipline meeting the needs of economically disadvantaged nations with tools that are locally available and that the local people understand.
VillageEarth gives an overview of appropriate technology with many sources..
Practical Action links to articles about the problems in low-income countries and what is currently being done to help.
The Global Development Research Center Programme on Technology Management focuses on establishing the ideal conditions within which technologies can be effectively managed.
AIDG has executed projects in low-income countries for environmentally friendly and affordable access to energy, sanitation and clean water.
The Applied Technology Collaborative creates “technologies that promote economic growth and improve the quality of life for low income people worldwide,” by working with local designers and non-governmental organizations.
Sustainable Design Update provides news on appropriate technology development for low-income populations.
Design that Matters creates products to improve the quality of life in low-income countries.
Lifestyle Information Network provides insight into low income recreation access, with sources ranging from Canadian legislation to current events and outside sources.
The CDC yields a vast database on health and safety across the spectrum of US lifestyles.
Goodwill provides useful insights into the lifestyles of people with lower incomes.
The Urban Institute offers nonpartisan economic and social policy research and extensive data.
Village Earth describes its work with communities to find practical village-based technologies.
The Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology promotes sustainable economic development.
Tech Tran is an easy, clear website for beginners.
The Farm is an encyclopedia format that clearly introduces topics.
Journeytoforever uses appropriate technology and promotes independent living.
The Centre for Appropriate Technology works to secure livelihoods for communities of Indigenous people through appropriate technology.
Bagelhole contains information about low-technology, environmentally friendly solutions for individuals and communities, covering topics such as food, housing, health, energy, transportation and others.
The Centre for Alternative Technology offers practical solutions in the areas of renewable energy, environmental building, energy efficiency, organic growing and alternative sewage systems.
Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit organization partnering with disadvantaged communities to improve quality of life through environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students. Projects deal with water, waste-water, sanitation, energy, and shelters.
The Engineering for Developing Communities program educates globally responsible engineering students and professionals who can offer sustainable and appropriate solutions to the endemic problems faced by developing communities’ worldwide (University of Colorado, College of Engineering).
Crossject develops needle-free drug delivery solutions. Their injection technology eliminates the traumatizing appearance of the traditional syringe and improves the comfort and safety of routine injection.
The Institute for Appropriate Technology has many resource links including solar and mechanical devices, water systems, chemical devices, agriculture and agroforestry, building, rural self-reliance, and permaculture.
Path is a not for profit organization providing health technology for poor communities. These “social entrepreneurs” improve health of less fortunate people by advancing appropriate technology and encouraging healthy behavior.
The Development Center for Appropriate Technology enhances the health of the planet and communities by promoting a shift to sustainable construction and development through leadership, strategic relationships, and education. Solutions focus on enhancing community self-sufficiency, building local economies, and drawing on cultural wisdom.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology uses community based approaches to improve agricultural practices, rural development, renewable energy, low-income energy, affordable housing, water quality, and educate on how to become better stewards of natural resources and the environment.
The Asian Alliance of Appropriate Technology Practitioners increases access of the poor to technologies and processes appropriate to their increasing needs and expanding capacities. Its primary role is to facilitate the sharing of appropriate technologies and cooperation among its member and partner-organizations.
The Intermediate Technology Development Group aims to demonstrate and advocate the use of technology and skill development to reduce poverty and improve environmental conservation in developing countries.
The Appropriate Technology Library is an online bibliography to practical books on village and small community technology. It covers small water supply systems, renewable energy devices, agricultural tools, intensive gardening, conformal education, small business management, transportation, small industries, and more!
Journey to Forever is an educational and pioneering expedition involved in environmental and rural development work with a focus on trees, soil and water, sustainable farming, sustainable technology, and family nutrition. The site contains an assortment of DIY appropriate technology projects.
Sustainable Village sells over 10,000 products to developing nations dealing with energy generation, safe water, public health, long-distance communications, sustainable agriculture, and micro-enterprise employment. They provide the "hard technology" including design and engineering, equipment and parts supply, international delivery, training and installation.
Lifewater is a Canadian non-profit organization with qualified specialists involved in training and equipping the rural poor in Africa to drill wells and build washrooms. You can find links and instructions for building hand-pumps, drilling and water development techniques.
Silver Ceramic Water Purifiers are a simple, low cost technology for purifying water. This site contains instructions on how to create a system that can be replicated anywhere and for small populations.