I am a fan of "Small Scale Beekeeping" (link by Paraplegic Racehorse) myself.
However, which bee are we looking at ? Apis cerana or Apis mellifera ?
I have been living in Africa for more than 25 years. I have watched a good number of projects founder, therefore,
a) keep it simple, make sure the people can understand and handle the tech you introduce.
b) keep dependance on importation of equipment, and especially "consumables", as low as possible; preferably at zero percent. Make it locally.
While I am a fan of the classical KTBH hive too, fellow keepers around here are switching to a modified Langstroth type hive. That is a Langstroth hive type body but using simple top bars, not frames. Very simple construction, no frills, just a box and top bars.
Somewhere in-between is > http://www.beekeeping.com/articles/us/adansonian_hive.htm
Oh, and Finsky, getting adventurous. Good luck, man, and have fun. Make sure you keep us posted. :-D