- Live Below the Line 2014: take part for Practical Action Could you get by on just £1 a day for five days for ALL your food and drink?
- The chain of good This exciting video takes a lighthearted look at our work in Peru, funded by innocent foundation
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We use technology to challenge poverty, working with poor women and men around the world.
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Where we work
In Peru and Bolivia, we help communities set up small-scale technological solutions in remote areas where there is no access to basic services, including electricity, heating, clean water and sanitation.
Building on our recent extension of consultancy work into west Africa, Practical Action is currently in the process of setting up an office to deliver impact at scale in Francophone west Africa.
Our offices in Kenya and Sudan work with communities to develop practical solutions in energy, agriculture and urban water and waste, reducing the impact of conflict and disasters. A new office in Rwanda will extend our consultancy and technical information services in the region.
Our Southern Africa office works primarily in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, with an emphasis on improving access to clean drinking water and better sanitation in urban slums, increasing the productivity of smallholders in arid regions, and increasing energy access in rural and urban areas.
From offices in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, Practical Action addresses the diverse problems facing poor communities in South Asia, in particular concentrating on agriculture, disaster risk reduction and urban waste and sanitation.
Practical Action's head office in the UK provides assistance to all other regional and country offices in the areas of finance, capacity building, technical support and marketing, helping local offices to focus on the main objectives of poverty alleviation.