|Chapter 9: Making It Your Own
9.3. Identifying Appropriate Technology Options
Once expectations for the overall focus and penetration into the more isolated and underserved parts of the population are defined, it is time for a reality check against the available technology options that could support delivery of those services to those populations. The questions we might address include:
Table 19 helps to structure that set of considerations, and to determine what constraints the connectivity and technology situation will put on the ability to address the desired services in the initial phases of the initiative. Again, the row categories need to be adjusted to local circumstances.
You may want to consider whether it is worthwhile to establish a telecenter in an area without a reliable source of electricity, or to establish a minimum criterion of eight hours of electricity per day to consider a location as viable. The decision about how to apply insights about available and appropriate technologies might be structured as a question of what to put in a specific center, as in Table 19, or it might be structured as a question about various classes of centers, as is illustrated in Figure 12, below.