Projects

Projects mostly include:

 

The specific contribution of Arrakis:

 The needs in water and energy for rural areas are the main focal point, because improvements in water and sanitation are the most effective actions to reduce poverty, (according UN University report of 2008).

 

Special focus is on Sub Saharan Africa where extreme poverty occurs. (more than 25% of the population lives below $ 1/day, ”The END of Poverty, how we can make it happen in our lifetime”, by Jeffrey Sachs 2005).

The Arrakis team of specialists with over 100 years of accumulated professional experience, develops projects with strong local partner organisations that are well established and working for longer time at grass root levels.

 

One of the major strong points of Arrakis is its range of Affordable Technologies that are being transferred to the target areas to small companies that can manufacture and supply these AT’s to fulfil the needs of the local population. To achieve sufficient quality level of these transfers project duration is between 1 to 4 years.

 

 As a next step towards sustainable large scale introduction of these technologies, Arrakis is convincing larger implementation organisations working in the target areas to take over the project and start a large scale dissemination process. These organisations have sufficient experience in introducing the AT’s on a large scale whereby the small companies can supply the AT’s in a commercially viable way.

 

 Although Technology is an important issue, focussing on involving local people and capacity building of local actors, from farmers to Institutions is another major strong point of Arrakis.

 

Training methodologies and material are being developed for various subjects and target groups.

 

 Since the needs and conditions as well as (non) availability of local resources are very different between countries and even between regions, the projects are designed based on proper needs assessments and are of an integral approach with several elements and disciplines involved, needed to achieve real development.

 

The knowledge gained within the execution of the project is placed on Arrakis website and is accessible to everyone. The AT’s itself are also free of patents and intended to be spread for anyone who can use it.

 

Since the costs of capacity building during initial introduction are relatively high, one of the criteria for selection of the project is “replicability”. When the AT proves to be a viable option, it should be possible to distribute it in large numbers.