The concept of Technology Justice envisages a world where everyone has access to existing technologies that are essential to life; and the focus of efforts to innovate and develop new technologies is firmly centred on solving the great challenges the world faces today: ending poverty and providing a sustainable future for everyone on our planet. 

micro-hydro in Peru
47 micro hydro stations were installed in Peru between
1992 and 2007, producing enough electricity for more
than 30,000 people.

But, we know that we are far from this ideal world today.

Practical Action’s Technology Justice Policy Briefing Series, published by Practical Action Publishing, presents new evidence and learning from our programmatic and policy work to inform and challenge current development and technology debates. The series explores the challenges and opportunities for achieving Technology Justice in key sectors of our work.

We also publish a Poor People's Energy Policy Briefing Series, focusing on innovative approaches to achieving equitable access to energy; and a Resilience in Practice Briefing Series, which presents evidence for practitioners on supporting communities to move from vulnerability to resilience.


Technology Justice Policy Briefing publications:


Scaling up Agroecology Through Market Systems

To eradicate extreme poverty means focusing on the 500 million smallholders so they can reliably generate more food and income from their agricultural activities. This paper uses the three pillars of Technology Justice (access, local innovation, and sustainable use of technologies) to assess the...


Why Technology Justice is Critical for the Climate Negotiations: delivering on loss and damage

In Paris in December 2015, national governments as parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet to negotiate a new climate agreement. One of the catalysts for success in these negotiations will be the issue of technology and particularly technology...


Introducing Technology Justice: A new paradigm for the SDGs

As national governments, development actors, and businesses negotiate, commit to, and begin to implement Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years, Practical Action makes the case for Technology Justice to inform their actions and ambitions. This briefing paper introduces the arguments...


Climate Smart Agriculture and Smallholder Farmers

The critical role of Technology Justice in effective adaptation. Agricultural adaptation to climate change is critical for food security and economic development; if it is to be truly ‘climate-smart’ for smallholder farmers, it must be inclusive and protect the natural resource base upon which...


Technology and the Future of Work: Experiences of informal waste workers and street vendors in Dhaka, Lima, and Nairobi

The role and importance of technology in informal work opportunities and livelihoods is little understood or explored. Technology can be a great enabler, helping people to do more, better. But it can also threaten livelihoods and work opportunities and drive social inequality. Through a year-long...


Technology Justice and Faecal Sludge Management

Tackling the second-generation sanitation challenge in South Asia. While globally rates of access to improved sanitation remain woefully low, Bangladesh stands out as a country that has made remarkable progress in eliminating the scourge of open defecation. However, across the country’s growing...

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