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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Krishi Call Centre nominated for WSIS global award

The Krishi Call Centre, our free phone agricultural helpline in Bangladesh, has been nominated for a global award at the WSIS Congress.

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Lima hit by landslide

Practical Action currently has a team of people working in the Chosica district of Lima, after at least seven people were killed by flooding and landslides.

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Using smartphones to improve sanitation

In Kenya, we have been training community members to capture information on sanitation facilities in their villages using smart phones.

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News from our blogs

Communities live with dignity after ODF declaration

It sounds simple to people who have access to basic sanitation facilities. But a technology as simple as a pit latrine is a subject ...
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Cultural barriers to the use of improved cookstoves

We get plenty of opportunities to explore Nepal working in the local development sector. This is one of the interesting aspects of o...
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A step towards a JUST world

A proper toilet, water supply and electricity – these are some basic necessities of our lives. What can be more inconvenient than no...
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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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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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