We believe in technology justice

Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. We enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions.

Latest news

Practical Action announces new CEO

Practical Action is pleased to announce that Paul Smith Lomas has been appointed as the next Chief Executive effective from November 2015.

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Launch of Practical Action's 50th anniversary

Practical Action calls for access to technology for all at 50th anniversary event hosted by its Patron, The Prince of Wales

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Technology justice

A new series of policy briefing papers that capture the learning from our programme and policy work with technology and development.

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News from our blogs

Duck rice, water wheels and electricity from cow manure

This is my third blog from Nepal, written at the airport in Kathmandu waiting for my flight back home. It’s always great to visit ou...
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The business of the achieving the new SDGs

That the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been described as the ‘most inclusive process in the history of the UN’ seems wor...
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Energy Engagement Series Recap: “How can accelerating on-grid solutions help developing countries leapfrog to better electricity access?”

Practical Action and the World Resources Institute (WRI) regularly host a Washington, DC based "Energy Engagement Series". Our l...
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Rebuilding Nepal

The earthquake that struck Nepal has directly affected our work.

Hear how we are rebuilding,
and how you can help.


With your support we are transforming lives

Making light work

Solar-powered water pumps are providing families in Kenya with clean, safe water.

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Your gift makes a real difference

With a regular or single gift, you can support our work with poor people in developing countries.


Improved toilets

Clean sanitation protects families from deadly diseases.

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Working worldwide to fight poverty

Energy access

Sustainable access to modern energy services for all by 2030

Food & agriculture

Sustainable systems of agriculture that provide food security and livelihoods for the rural poor

Urban water & waste

Improved access to drinking water, sanitation and waste services for the urban poor

Disaster risk reduction

Reduced risk of disasters for marginalised groups and communities


Independent and professional consulting for governments, NGOs, aid agencies and the private sector.

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Browse print and digital books, available from our online bookshop, or peer reviewed journals, accessible online, for development researchers and practitioners throughout the world.

Policy & practice

We actively share knowledge and seek to influence the policy and practice of others to build greater benefits for all.

Technical resources

Our Practical Answers service offers free downloads of technical information on a range of topics.

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