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All of our programme work contributes to achieving Technology Justice

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.  

Become part of a movement for Technology Justice!

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.

Read more about our Technology Justice policy work and get involved!

Technology Justice dialogues
Technology Justice policy documents
Technology Justice: a call to action

Technology Justice forum - Edinburgh, March 2016
Technology Justice forum programme
Comments from the Technology Justice forum

Schools resources

  • 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. 

Technology Justice resources for schools

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.

Technology Justice policy briefings

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.


To find out how you can get involved or updates on progress follow @tecjustice on twitter

Technology justice blogs

Providing food security through appropriate technology

Technological advances have increased the quality of life expectancy, productivity and income. However, as technology advances, developing countries have consistently missed out on the opportunities to increase their production potential in the varied development fields. Appropriate technological...
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The first instalment of "A Google free month" - ask nicely

Do you remember the movie Sliding Doors? The one that asks the question ‘what if she never caught that train?’

A colleague and I were exchanging ‘what if’ questions recently and I told her my favourite ‘what if’ was ‘what if Coca Cola was never invented?’ I started outlining my current...
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Natural Capital the basis for effective flood protection?

The year has been marked by a number of unusual climate events. Not only was 2015 the hottest year on record[1], with 2016 appearing on track to exceed this[2], but the year has also been unusually wet. In the US state of Louisiana, 13 people died and large areas are still struggling to cope when...
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50 technologies - the vote is in

We're drawing our 50th anniversary year to a close at the end of August, by celebrating 50 successful technologies, which have had a huge impact on communities across the world. We asked our supporters to vote for their favourites and these are the three they chose. Take a look at more top ...
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