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National Summit on Technology Justice

30 March 2015

Nepal's National Summit on Technology Justice was organised on Monday, 30 March 2015,  at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) premises Khumaltar, Lalitpur. The summit was jointly organised by a group of organisations working to promote Technology Justice in Nepal; Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Ministry of Science Technology and Environment, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Department of Agriculture (DoA), Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) Nepal, Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA) and Practical Action. The concept of the summit was initiated by Practical Action and was led by Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

Practical Action believes that Technology Justice is essential to achieving development and sustainable wellbeing for all. That’s why Technology Justice is at the heart of all our work. Technology Justice is a concept where all people can choose and use technologies that assist them in leading a life they value, without compromising the ability of others and future generations to do the same. We live in a world where the gap between those who have access to the technologies they need for a decent quality of life and those who do not, is massive. Today’s technological innovations have failed to focus on meeting the needs of people living in poverty. Access to technology is both a facet of this injustice and a potential catalyst for change.

The summit focused on bringing forth valuable experiences and new discussions about the use of different technologies as well as the challenges of making those accessible to the poor / low income people. The summit mainly discussed technologies in four different categories: i) Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology; ii) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change; iii) Renewable Energy, Infrastructure and Transport; and iv) Technical Education and Use of Information Communication Technology (ICT).  Papers and presentations by high level experts in the four parallel/breakout sessions on these four categories will produce invaluable learning on Technology Justice and an insight on how simple but life-changing technologies can be made accessible to the poor / low income people to improve their livelihoods. It is expected that the National Summit on Technology Justice will be able to provide consolidated ideas, learning and ultimately guidance for a strategic contribution in the field of technology development that will ensure Technology Justice.

The summit seeks to develop a clear way forward based on the Technology Justice agenda highlighted in the field of development. It is expected that the summit will create a platform for all related stakeholders to initiate further events and activities regarding the issue of Technology Justice to create the environment for a technologically just world. The major outcome of the summit is a conclusive declaration summarising the papers of the event. The declaration will be a guiding paper to ensure technology justice in Nepal.

Kathmandu declaration on Technology Justice 2015

Declaration issued by the National Summit on Technology Justice held on 30 March 2015 in Nepal.

National Summit on Technology Justice flyer

A group of organisation working to promote Technology Justice in Nepal are the joint organisers of the National summit on Technology Justice held on 30 March 2015 at NAST premises, Khumaltar.

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