It is possible to give equipment that, while generous, is technologically inappropriate if, for example, it is of a sophistication that is unsuitable for use in the recipient’s environment, or requiring technical support that is unavailable at the local level.

Examples include:

  • The appropriateness of sending advanced equipment into places where conditions are basic;
  • Machinery being sent as gifts-in-kind, but without manuals;
  • Machines with spare parts unavailable in the consignee’s country;
  • Technology without skilled staff to maintain equipment;
  • Or perhaps all the above is available, but not the finances to fund such services.

We are currently researching documentation that will help us develop appropriate standards for Global Hand users.

Feedback? We would be grateful to hear from you if you have:
  • Relevant resources
  • Comments or suggestions or stories
  • Stories of product unwisely/wisely placed.

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