Even if the machines are technologically sound, they are far from a guaranteed fix to two of the world's most challenging development questions, said Ben Crow, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who started his career as a civil engineer and now focuses largely on development issues in southern Asia and Africa. Crow
said there must be some kind of regional infrastructure in place to make a project like Kamen's successful.For the last 150 years, people have been developing various "black box" solutions to the world's water issues."None of them really work because the issue is a social issue.It's not a technical issue," he
The solution must come from joining the rich and the poor politically and using that connection to generate money to build the infrastructure that people need, he
said.In Bangladesh, however, Crow
said Kamen's approach may work because he's
paired up with the right people.
The program was started in collaboration with Grameen Bank
, which Crow
said has been hugely successful in connecting with millions of poor people and in helping them politically and economically.
said it's possible that Kamen's project "magics away all of the sort of social prerequisites," by creating a "lightweight infrastructure" that can be maintained and used locally.