The Institute for Rural Technologies is committed to use knowledge and innovations to eradicate poverty and improve the social and economic wellbeing of rural communities in the two provinces of Matabeleland. Objectives To identify challenges faced by rural communities and mobilize resources for their redress To strengthen community leaders and institutions to spearhead sustainable local level development. To promote the Village Development Program as a good practice for mobilizing rural communities to plan and implement development projects at the family, clan, village and ward levels among Rural District Councils. To identify (or establish) and strengthen networks of professionals in key sectors including: technology generation and adaptation, leadership development, management systems, communication systems, and sustainable commercialisation of natural resources, social development and enterprise development. To provide training on key elements of Rural and Community Development to communities and practitioners in Matabeleland region, nationally and the Southern African region. To establish credible systems of knowledge and information management to address rural poverty.