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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

Technology for Development

Why is technology justice central to international development? As history demonstrates, technology provides a catalyst for change. Practical Action has been working on flood Early Warning Systems (EWS) for over ten years and we have seen not only technology adoption taking place but also soci...
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Elevated hand pumps supply clean water during floods

Dakshin Sahipur, a small village near the bank of the Karnali River in southern Nepal, gets flooded every year. Most of the residents here are former bonded labourers, freed after the Government of Nepal abolished the bonded labour system in 2002. The government provided five kattha of land (arou...
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‘Technology’ Enabling Adaptation to Climate Change

At CBA12, Practical Action is working with IIED and its conference partners to lead an ‘adaptation technologies’ workstream, exploring how technologies can be used to enable communities to adapt to climate change; increasing their resilience to climate stresses and shocks, and how ‘technology’ ca...
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Learning through experience

“ All genuine learning comes through experience “John Dewey

I earned two degrees while working in Practical Action. I often boast it as one of my biggest achievements in Practical Action. My colleagues sometimes quip “when did you work, then? “ – implying how did I balance the...
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