Announcing CITE's 2016 Technology Evaluations

This year and through 2016, CITE plans to evaluate at least three new product families, including solar water pumps, food aid packaging, and wheelchairs for developing countries.

Learn more about each of our planned evaluations:

Solar Water Pumps — Suitability, Sustainability

Solar water pump systems prove critically important for irrigation in water-scarce regions, as well as provision of clean water in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, especially with organizations looking for a more sustainable solution than diesel pumps. However, solar water pump systems face adoption and performance challenges, including maintenance difficulties, limited affordability, possibility of theft, and scant availability of spare parts. CITE will study solar water pump systems for two uses—irrigation and use in IDP camps—to understand the technical performance of the products as well as how the products are used and valued by communities over time.

Partners: Mercy Corps, Technology Exchange Lab, Pakeen Farm, USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

For more information, please contact Jennifer Green.


Food Aid Packaging — Suitability, Scalability, Sustainability

Every year, emergency food aid is provided to millions of people worldwide, but food aid often becomes infested or spoiled during transit due to hot and humid climates, long transit times, and poor warehousing. USAID’s Food for Peace partners are looking for chemical-free alternatives to current fumigation practices that will help control for infestation and spoilage in food aid, including hermetic grain bags, hermetic transit liners, and other high quality packaging materials. CITE will study food aid packaging to understand the cost and efficacy of using various packaging materials in the food aid supply chain.

Partners: USAID Food for Peace

For more information, please contact Jarrod Goentzel.


Wheelchairs — Suitability, Scalability, Sustainability*

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 70 million people around the world need wheelchairs, and in most developing countries, only a small faction of those who need wheelchairs own or have use of one. CITE will work closely with the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals and Consolidating Logistics for Assistive Technology Supply and Provision to evaluate wheelchairs currently available in low-resource settings. CITE’s wheelchair evaluation will seek to understand technical performance, reliability, durability, maintenance, repair, user experience, and usage patterns.

Partners: International Society of Wheelchair Professionals, Consolidating Logistics for Assistive Technology Supply and Provisions (CLASP)

For more information, please contact Matt McCambridge.


*Interested in sharing your feedback on a CITE evaluation? Tell us what you think in our monthly discussion about selecting wheelchair products for this upcoming evaluation!



Thursday, October 29, 2015
Lauren McKown
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