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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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Practical Action beneficiaries support flood relief efforts

Bangladeshi farmers who benefited from the Pumpkins Against Poverty project have donated part of their harvest to victims of the country’s devastating floods..

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Sharing knowledge by radio

An innovative radio show from Practical Action in India is breaking taboos by educating women and girls on menstrual hygiene in the slums of Bhubaneswar.

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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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50 technologies - the vote is in

We're drawing our 50th anniversary year to a close at the end of August, by celebrating 50 successful technologies, which have had a...
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Using technology to go beyond the ‘Resilience’ buzzword

“Sustainable…Participatory…Resilience”…I have to admit that I hate buzzwords - they get thrown about so much that they can often los...
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5 Simple solutions that llama farmers love

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to visit a number of Practical Action’s projects across Latin America. Not only was I over...
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