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Practical Action organisation

Practical Action

Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.

We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions - transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.

Structure

Practical Action is a registered charity in the UK and a company limited by guarantee, under the direction of a Board of Trustees. The senior management team, which has executive responsibilities, is called the Strategy Leadership Team (SLT) and it comprises the Chief Executive and twelve Directors, including seven Country and Regional Directors.

Registered address: The Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby CV23 9QZ, United Kingdom. | Registered charity No 247257 | Company Reg No 871954, England | VAT No 880 9924 76 | practicalaction@practicalaction.org.uk

Subsidiaries

The charity has four wholly-owned trading subsidiaries, two of which are dormant.

Practical Action Publishing Ltd comprises book and journal publishing and book retailing via mail order and the internet (developmentbookshop.com). All these activities are in line with our charitable objectives and our 'customers' are mainly development professionals and academics worldwide.

Practical Action Consulting Ltd provides high quality independent research and professional advice to clients including Governments, International Development Agencies, NGOs and private sector entities for the purpose of poverty reduction in countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Practical Action Consulting operates in two main strategic areas of technology and development: Rural and Urban Infrastructure and Increasing Enterprise Opportunities and Access to Markets

ATS Property Holdings (Pvt) Ltd [Sri Lanka subsidiary] - dormant
Intermediate Technology Products Ltd - dormant

Programme work

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

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

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.

Board of Trustees

Practical Action is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity in the UK, under the direction of a Board of Trustees.

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Company information

Practical Action is a registered UK charity, no 247257, and a company limited by guarantee and not having share capital (registration no 871954).

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History

A short history of Practical Action, formerly Intermediate Technology. In 1965, radical economist and philosopher Fritz Schumacher observed that conventional aid, based on capital-intensive, large-...

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Partners and networks

Links to Practical Action's partners and associated sites.

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Practical Action websites

A list of Practical Action project websites.

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Strategic Leadership Team

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 seven Country and Regional Directors.

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Strategic partners

Partners of Practical Action including: DFID is an important funder of Practical Action’s work through their Partnership Programme Arrangement (PPA). They also fund specific areas of work including...

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Practical Action was formerly known as Intermediate Technology Development Group Ltd (ITDG). It changed its working name to Practical Action in June 2005, and its legal name to Practical Action Ltd in November 2008. Since September 2009 the legal name is Practical Action.

Registered address

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 1926 634400
Email: practicalaction@practicalaction.org.uk

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