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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.

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Is Small the Next Big?

A new BBC radio programme asks if the visionary ideas of E F Schumacher, Practical Action's founder, are about to hit the mainstream.

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Forum for Technology Justice

Online now: video outputs of inspiration, collaboration and passionate debate about our shared future and how technology will shape it.

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Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises

Practical Action is part of a new initiative to support small businesses that have a clear social and economic impact on their communities.

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Seeing the impact of innovations in Bangladesh

I’m back from a visit to Bangladesh with new trustee, Helena Wayth to see Practical Action’s work first hand.  What a lot of innovat...
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A flood warning system to reduce economic loss in disasters

Md. A. Halim Miah [1]and Mohammad Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan[2] Weather Forecasting Display Board:  This Weather Forecasting Display...
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Inspired by the Commission on the Status of Women

Women are agents of development. Realising gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is not only a goal in itself but c...
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With your support we are transforming lives

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


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