Practical Action’s vision is of a world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used to the benefit of all. We strive towards this vision by working together with poor communities. We actively share knowledge and seek to influence the policy and practice of others to build greater benefits for all.
The Technology Facilitation Mechanism and the Technology Bank, two new initiatives launched on Saturday 26th September, demonstrate the UN’s vision to place technology at the centre of implementation apparatus for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We know that locally appropriate, affordable, accessible and reliable technologies are catalytic in most areas of development. The fact that these two initiatives are the first concrete steps in implementing the post-2015 development agendas is a thorough endorsement by member states of that understanding. […]
The concept of ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries is integral to the language of international development (the clue is in the name). Even when we talk about ‘the global North’ and ‘the global South’, the meaning is clear: the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots. This inequality is deeply unjust, with roots in an exploitative colonial system, and pernicious effects on human development and wellbeing. However, it is not the only inequality we must be concerned with. Inequality […]