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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Swift action following Peru landslide

Practical Action is supporting relief efforts in Lima after a severe mudslide, and helping with reconstruction and recovery.

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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

Development experience from the grass roots

An idea began by a couple of international development organizations in Bangladesh has matured from the occasional event to a vibran...
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River eroded extreme poor: life of endless struggles

Bangladesh has made significant progress, in poverty alleviation and addressing some other social and human disparity, such as gende...
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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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