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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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Is Small the Next Big?

A new BBC radio programme asks if the visionary ideas of E F Schumacher, Practical Action's founder, are about to hit the mainstream.

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Forum for Technology Justice

Online now: video outputs of inspiration, collaboration and passionate debate about our shared future and how technology will shape it.

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Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises

Practical Action is part of a new initiative to support small businesses that have a clear social and economic impact on their communities.

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Loss and Damage, why it’s vital to get it right.

At the COP21 Paris climate talks the issue of Loss and Damage was firmly cemented in the global agreement under Article 8[1]. This a...
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Menstrual Hygiene Day

Saturday 28th May is Menstrual Hygiene Day, a really important day to raise awareness of good menstrual hygiene and to br...
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Nepal earthquake - the children's hope

I have just returned from Nepal. It's a country I have visited many times before. I first travelled there in my early twenties, an e...
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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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