We work to create a world in which technology and innovation is used to end poverty and provide a sustainable future for everyone on our planet.
We believe that Technology Justice is essential to achieving development and sustainable wellbeing for all – that’s why it’s at the heart of all our work.
- 1.3 billion people don’t have access to safe water
- 2.5 billion people live without sanitation
- 1.1 billion people still lack access to electricity
Technology is at the heart of human development. It enables people to produce food, access water and energy, and keep in good health.
But access to technology and its benefits are not fairly shared. And the environmental impact of our use of technology is pushing our planet to crisis point.
The current innovation system is not working. Without change, it will continue to drive injustice, inequality and catastrophic environmental damage.
It is time to overhaul how technology and innovation are governed, in order to ensure the wellbeing of all people and of our planet.
Practical Action wants to overcome these injustices, by leading a change in the way the world approaches and governs technologies.
What is Technology Justice?
- Technology Justice is allowing people to choose and use technology to improve their lives
- Technology Justice is focussing research and innovation to meet humanity’s basic needs and protect the planet
- Technology Justice is making sure that technologies don’t harm others, now or in the future
Technology Justice: A call to action
We have just launched Technology Justice: A call to action, calling for an end to an international innovation system that perpetuates inequality and is pushing our planet to crisis point. It looks at ways to create a different future.
It is time to overhaul how technology and innovation are governed, so that access to technology and its benefits are more fairly shared.
We want to collaborate with a wide variety of organisations to reclaim technology for people and the planet.
Technology Justice policy
The way in which technology is accessed, innovated and used is critical to our ability to achieve sustainable development for all people. That is why the concept of Technology Justice underpins our entire change agenda.
- Should everyone be able to have technologies that enable them to live a decent life?
- Is it important that these technologies don't harm others, now or in the future?
These questions and more are explored in this engaging set of resources for students aged 9-19.
Policy briefing series
New evidence and learning from our programmatic and policy work to inform and challenge current development and technology debate.
This policy briefing series explores the challenges and opportunities for achieving Technology Justice in key sectors of our work, including agriculture, disaster risk reduction, energy, urban services, inclusive markets and climate change.
Using technology to challenge poverty
What does technology justice look like?
Here are ten great examples of Practical Action projects that show how we are working towards making technology justice a reality.
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Technology justice blogs
Practical Action has been working with a number of different partners in the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance to explore the factors that build the resilience of communities in developing countries to the threat of floods. One of the features of flood prone communities is the fact that these c...
In India, for every woman, cooking is a primary job. In villages and the countryside, women take care of the household work including cooking, collecting firewood and preparation of food. Using the traditional cook stoves causes respiratory diseases for women and children. In addition women colle...
These women from Koraput are trend setters
The magnificent, green natural landscape with elegant tribal culture and life style of Koraput district also has gender inequality and acute poverty. According to a Practical Action study, most women in these hilly terrains depend on firewood for cook...
Biomass energy (firewood, charcoal, and crop residues) makes up more than 80% of primary energy consumption in Sudan. Over many years, it has become evident that high dependence on biomass energy is a major factor in forest cover depletion, environmental degradation and desertification. Successiv...