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.

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Practical Action underlines its commitment to supporters

We promise that we do not sell or take part in reciprocal arrangements which share the details of supporters, enquirers or any other data.

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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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Ground Breaking Ceremony for Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) project

On 27th August 2015 I witnessed a memorable event for Practical Action Southern Africa.Zimbabwe`s Minister of Energy and Power Devel...
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Practical Action's commitment to our supporters

Practical Action is a charity with a difference. We believe in local solutions that can grow to scale, people centred development, s...
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50 years working for Technology Justice

On 29 August 1965, an article was published in The Observer entitled “How to help them help themselves” written by Fritz Schumacher ...
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Poverty is taking lives

Last year, without any early warning in place, the rising flood waters in Bolivia claimed many lives and destroyed hundreds of thousands more. It is always the poorest and most vulnerable families who suffer the most.

You can protect lives


With your support we are transforming lives

Rebuilding Nepal

The earthquake that struck Nepal has directly affected our work.

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

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.

Ask a question and receive a response from our local experts free of charge

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