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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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Poor People's Energy Outlook 2016

Our new report shows how different national energy access plans might look if decision-makers included the priorities of the energy-poor from the start.

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Pumpkins Against Poverty

TV presenter and journalist Kate Thornton recently visited Bangladesh to see what impact the £1m raised for Pumpkins Against Poverty, matched by UKAID, will have.

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Flood Resilience Portal

A new website provides development workers who live and work in flood-affected communities with easy access to the resources they need to build resilience to floods.

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Block making machines in Sudan

Practical Action has achieved a major breakthrough in the block-making industry in Eastern Sudan through development of intermediate...
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Make handwashing a habit

So many global days are commemorated and at times you ask for what? After understanding the background, you will learn to appreciate...
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Climate change is fuelling extreme weather events

On International Day for Disaster Reduction, Hurricane Matthew is a timely reminder of the consequences of inaction on climate c...
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Energy access

Sustainable access to modern energy services for all by 2030

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Food & agriculture

Sustainable systems of agriculture that provide food security and livelihoods for the rural poor

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Urban water & waste

Improved access to drinking water, sanitation and waste services for the urban poor

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Disaster risk reduction

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We actively share knowledge and seek to influence the policy and practice of others to build greater benefits for all.

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