This book examines the practical lessons drawn from three approaches to local production of carpentry hand-tools, as an alternative to expensive imports. Based on a wide range of VSO and IT project experiences in East and Southern Africa, it discusses the reasons for success and failure: first, in the training of practising informal sector carpenters; and secondly, of students in educational institutions, in making individual carpentry hand-tools for their own use, or for sale. It evaluates local mechanized carpentry hand-tool production units. The conclusions and practical guidelines should be of relevance to development workers, project managers and training instructors working in similar projects in other countries.
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