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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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Growing crops and fish together

Our Practical Answers team in Bangladesh is piloting an innovative concept of raising fish in cages and growing vegetables - at the same time.

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Clean toilets

"Pour-flush" is a simple toilet technology that keeps sewage contained, using water left over from washing or cooking to flush.

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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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Can you trust technology to provide protection from flooding?

Practical Action has been working with a number of different partners in the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance[1] to explore the fact...
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K Madhabi : An Entrepreneur in the making

In India, for every woman, cooking is a primary job. In villages and the countryside, women take care of the household work includin...
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So it's Brexit. Where do we go from here?

I am generally an optimist.  Leaving the office on Thursday I was sure the British people would vote to preserve the status quo and ...
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