Rene: Send technology as aid

May 03, 2017 at 6:00 AM

solor-panels.jpgPassing on technological knowledge and resources can be essential for the growth of Third World countries like Haiti.

(Editor's note: Dr. Erol Pierre Rene is the director of the Luke Society ministry in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti. He has been in that role since 2010.)

Developing world needs technology

By Dr. Erol Rene

A month ago I had the privilege of visiting Spain with the aim of talking about Haiti – its past, its present, and above all, on the perspectives of the framework of international aid and cooperation.

I participated in several workshops and exchanged ideas with several city leaders.

There was an important point that I addressed in my workshop that is absent in North-South cooperation, which is very essential from my point of view for a substantial improvement in the living conditions of the people of the South – particularly a country like Haiti.

I am talking about the transfer of technology adapted to the social conditions of these countries.

In international cooperation, generally the North does not share knowledge or technology with the South.

For example, Haitian peasants have never seen electricity, an electric bulb, a television or a radio if they are not going to visit a relative in a big city. The students have to study during the night with a candle which can affect their vision.

At the same time, Haiti is a country of sunshine, and the countries of the North have the technology that would allow these villages to have solar panels, generators and batteries in their homes that could give the joy of having light in their homes at night, watching news and movies through the television.

It would help to enter a little in modernity and live with human dignity.

It would be good if the North’s cooperation with the countries of the South also involved the transfer of technology, adapted to the conditions of these countries.

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