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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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Rethink, Retool, Reboot

This powerful new book builds on Practical Action’s Schumacher heritage to look at technology from both human development and environmental perspectives.

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George McRobie

Dr George McRobie, a founding member of Practical Action with Fritz Schumacher, has died in Charlottetown, Canada.

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Clean toilets

"Pour-flush" is a simple toilet technology that keeps sewage contained, using water left over from washing or cooking to flush.

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Building resilience needs learning from the past and looking to the future

Let me start by writing about the recent disaster in Nepal in Bhote Koshi River that originates from Tibet (China). A sudden flood o...
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Bren Hellier shortlisted for Global Educator of the Year!

We are very proud to announce that our very own Bren Hellier, Education Officer for Practical Action was recently shortlisted for Th...
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10 reasons why Practical Action is the best organisation I have worked in so far

Since, I started my professional work life on 1 April 2010, I have served 8 different organisations in just 6 years and freelance...
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Energy access

Sustainable access to modern energy services for all by 2030

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Food & agriculture

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

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Urban water & waste

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

disaster risk reduction

Disaster risk reduction

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Policy & practice

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

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