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Language quality: 1.5/2*
Standard of English expression in article is excellent.
Scope of debate: 2/2
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Logical flow: 1.5/2*
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The authors provide an overview of the general dilemmas for grassroots organisations when partnering with multilateral organisations in order to promote appropriate technologies in local communities. Their own experiences in organizing design summits and creating temporary ‘makerspaces’ in communities in Colombia, supported by external partnerhips, brings these dilemmas to life.
This is a very instructive article on a sparsely explored issue in grassroots innovation: how small organizations negotiate and network with funding and academic institutions. The papers provide a very good insight in the practical challenges that grassroots organizations face during their activities. The authors have also strengthened the paper through the revision process. I look forward to read this article in the final version.