Technology Justice and Faecal Sludge Management
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 urban centres, this success has created a so-called ‘second-generation’...
Rethink, Retool, Reboot
Technology underpins human development. We need it to provide the very basics of a minimum standard of life – food, water, shelter, health and education. But a significant proportion of the world’s population do not have these basics today. And whilst a fifth of the world’s population lacks access t...
Technology and the Future of Work
Through a year-long project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, Practical Action and WIEGO have explored the disruptive impact of technologies on informal workers, examining the technologies themselves and the influence of cities, work, and systems. This policy briefing presents evidence of the...
Half of the world is without access to basic technologies that deliver clean water and sanitation, a modern energy supply, generic medicines, and mechanized agriculture — and the other half takes these technologies for granted. This publication presents the concept of Technology Justice and the case...
Introducing Technology Justice
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 and...
ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction
Edith Ofwona Adera, Timothy M. Waema, Julian May, Ophelia Mascarenhas, Kathleen Diga
This book provides new empirical evidence on access to and use of ICTs and their effect on poor households in East African and Southern African countries. It addresses the questions: Under what conditions do women benefit economically from using ICTs? How are the livelihoods of rural users affected?...
Mastering the Machine Revisited
The 50-year struggle to harness technology in the fight against global poverty- and why is it taking so long? Mastering the Machine Revisited is about the connection between poverty, aid and technology. It is about the search driven today by greater extreme poverty than has ever been known, and by...
A Guide to Appropriate Technology Institutions
Through the example of the analysis of forest energy technology development the author illustrates the importance of user participation in developing technologies, and discusses the management of technological change.
Guidelines for Global Issues in Technology
This booklet provides an overview of appropriate technology and global development issues. The first part addresses issues from a humanistic perspective. The second part focuses on sustainability, appropriate technology, technology transfer, the importance of indigenous knowledge, women and technolo...
Intermediate Technology Transfer Unit
A highly successful network of Intermediate Technology Transfer Units has been established within Ghana, serving to foster and develop small-scale, informal industry. Since the founding of the first ITTU in 1980 the idea has flourished with such units being set up throughout Ghana. This handbook pro...