Langmuir approach to rural development

Historically, technology development for rural areas has followed tinkering approach or use of rudimentary technology. It is shown that very sophisticated science and technology is needed for producing devices for rural applications. This process can also result in fundamental research. Nevertheless, the availability of efficient devices for cooking, lighting and water purification on a large scale in rural areas is a bottleneck. Various strategies are outlined on how to overcome this barrier. A strong case is made for closer cooperation between the civil society and corporate world for rural development.