We believe in technology justice

Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.

We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions.

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The 2015 Fritz Schumacher Award

Recognising outstanding contributions to alleviating poverty through innovative, simple and sustainable engineering and technology solutions.

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Practical Action CEO to step down

Simon Trace has announced he will be leaving Practical Action in October after ten years in the role of CEO.

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Moving Energy Initiative

Practical Action Consulting is working with an innovative project to meet the energy needs of displaced people in a safe, sustainable manner.

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News from our blogs

Why take a livelihood-centred approach to disaster risk reduction?

‘’If we can make people’s livelihoods stronger and more sustainable, disasters will affect them less” (Practical Action, 2011) Read more

Using weather information to adapt to a changing climate

The challenge Weather extremes caused by climate change are a major threat to food production in Southern Africa. The ‘Mainstream...
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CBA9: Community-based adaptation to climate change

CBA9 will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24-30 April, 2015, organised by IIED and co-sponsored by Practical Action.

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Please help save the life of a child like Mika today

There has never been a better time to help protect families from the deadly effects of smoke - the killer in the home.

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.


Clean smoke hoods

A simple metal smoke hood and chimney give families clean air to breathe.

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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


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Technology justice

We believe in technology justice - a sustainable world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used for the benefit of all.

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