New forge, Namangale, Mtwara region, Tanzania

International Development Work

The 1990s saw Poston working all over Africa and other parts of the world as an independent consultant in a number of highly specialised fields, including industrial and economic development, clinical informatics and medicine delivery design, and haptic interface technology.

He made only a very small number of pieces of jewellery between November 1987 and about 1998.

His approach to addressing constraints upon development projects through pragmatic and practical solution is unique in its understanding.

Godwin Kileo

Quality: Left, hammer made during training. Right, imported hammer. Tanzania 1992

Key Examples


Technical and business training of traditional blacksmiths in the village of Manie in Bandundu region, Zaire.


Designing, implementing and managing tool-making and other projects in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


Doctoral thesis completed - The Development of Rural Manufacturing Industries in Central Africa, with special reference to metalworking


Designed and established a low-cost mobile skill-training system for practising traditional blacksmiths in Lindi & Mtwara regions in Tanzania, which trained 500 practising blacksmiths during a five year period.


With Ghanaian counterparts researched and wrote recommendations which were then implemented to reform the government’s approach to national agricultural engineering and associated information dissemination and extension services.

The tools made by one blacksmith during his training, Tanzania 1992

Key Examples


Devised and ran a training project in Ghana to introduce small-scale fabricators to jig-based standardised series manufacturing, using agricultural tools as the example.


Designed a strategic vision for the creation of a National food processing industry and defined the necessary capacity-building for Rwanda which was adopted by the government.

Godwin Kileo – ’Dr. Poston’s contribution to development’

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Traditional Blacksmith’s forge, Rondo Plateau, Mtwara region, Tanzania 1991.