CRISP - Project


Appropriate Technology Development for the 21st Century

Attention on the ideas of Sustainable Development, Self-reliance and Ownership. This project presented Tanzanian grassroots initiatives that develop sustainable technological solutions for autonomous energy supply, safe sanitation and food sovereignty in such self-determined ways.

Quick facts


December 2013 - February 2014


Tanzania, Kampala (Uganda)


3 universities, 7 NGOs, 1 Radio station, social enterpreneurs, jounalists


Their low-tech solutions do not only help to reduce health issues, alleviate poverty and empower girls and women, they also tackle deforestation, soil depletion and reduce greenhouse gases. All portrayed groups follow a sustainable approach: largely independent from foreign aid; reliant on locally available technologies that preserve the natural environment; promoting environmental health whilst conserving natural resources; based on bottom-up, democratic and participatory decision-making processes that include the affected communities and raise environmental awareness.

Target Group

This project focused on two different target groups: first, NGOs in East-Africa as this projects aims at dissemination of local and global knowledge and promoting networking among NGOs; second, the European audience interested in energy management, sustainable development and fair, cooperative knowledge transfer. We wanted to present equal partnerships and positive images from Africa and, leaving stereotypes behind, contribute to the global exchange of knowledge with well-researched information, thought-provoking impulses and reporting about local solutions that can be exemplary.

Project Goals

The focal challenges of providing people with an eco-friendly primary care of water, food and energy are not exclusive to Tanzania. All communities worldwide face the tasks of reducing greenhouse gases, building sustainable energy networks and helping shape contemporary and future generations' understanding of managing resources responsibly. This project contributed to: 1. Awareness-raising and promotion of sustainable and healthy food and energy supply 2. Presenting approaches to climate-friendly waste and resource management 3. Exploring the link between sanitation and food security 4. Understanding the dynamics of appropriate and sustainable technology and its impact on individual lives and small communities 5. Critical analyses of development aid and international development cooperation.


This activity was implemented in close partnership with


The project could be realized thanks to the kind support of