Programme work

Practical Action's projects are organised under four programme themes:

Two cross-cutting themes are also present across our work:

We have a distinctive approach to fighting poverty, with technology justice at the heart of everything we do.

Where we work

The four programmes operate across our country and regional offices:

In addition to these seven offices, Practical Action also has a Head Office in the UK, with responsibility for coordinating group finances, management, knowledge sharing, fundraising and marketing.

Find out how you can support our projects.


Practical Action's senior management team, which has executive responsibilities, is called the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and it comprises the Chief Executive and twelve Directors, including six Country and Regional Directors.

Director profiles

Board of Trustees

Practical Action is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are also Directors of the Company, and responsible for the overall management and control of the Charity.

Trustee profiles


Practical Action was founded, in 1966, as the Intermediate Technology Development Group by radical economist EF Schumacher and a group of like-minded colleagues.

ITDG / Practical Action history and timeline

50 years of Practical Action

Company information

Practical Action is a registered UK charity, no 247257, and a company limited by guarantee, under the direction of a Board of Trustees.

The charity has two wholly-owned trading subsidiaries - Practical Action Publishing Ltd and Practical Action Consulting Ltd - and three dormant subsidiaries. It is also associated with two locally-registered overseas entities carrying the Practical Action name.

Company information and structure


Practical Action believes in Technology Justice and our strategy sets out how we, together with people living in poverty, with partner organisations, with businesses and with governments, will help move our world towards Technology Justice.

Strategy 2012-17: Technology justice, wellbeing and scale

Annual report

Practical Action's annual report and accounts for the last financial year are available to download. They include a review of our international programmes against strategic objectives, the report of the independent auditors and a detailed financial statement.

Annual Report & Accounts

Strategic partners | Partners and networks

Contact us

Registered address: Practical Action, The Schumacher Centre, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby CV23 9QZ, United Kingdom

Head office: | +44 (0) 1926 634400 | International offices

General enquiries:

For specific technical enquiries, please visit our Technical Enquiry Service

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