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.

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.

Director profiles

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.

Trustee profiles

History

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

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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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, 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 two wholly-owned trading subsidiaries, and three dormant.

Practical Action Publishing Ltd – Activities comprise book and journal publishing, book distribution and publishing services, mainly for development professionals, practitioners and researchers worldwide. These activities are in line with the Charity’s charitable objectives.

Practical Action Consulting Ltd – Provides high quality, independent and professional advice to governments, NGOs, aid agencies and the private sector. It operates regional offices in the UK, Eastern, Western and Southern Africa, Asia and Latin America. During the year it has expanded its operations in these areas opening offices in Nepal, Rwanda, India, Bangladesh and developing activities in Malawi and West Africa. Practical Action Consulting works in the following main sectors: energy, water and sanitation, market development, agriculture and food production, disaster risk reduction, knowledge and communications and adaptation to climate change. The company’s expertise in these sectors includes technology assessment and feasibility studies, social and economic analysis, market appraisals, policy option assessments, private and public sector involvement, institutional and organisational development.

ATS Property Holdings (Pvt) Ltd [Sri Lanka subsidiary] – dormant

Intermediate Technology Publications Ltd – dormant

Intermediate Technology Development Group Ltd – dormant

Strategic partners | Partners and networks | Practical Action websites

Contact us

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

Head office: practicalaction@practicalaction.org.uk | +44 (0) 1926 634400 | International offices

General enquiries: enquiries@practicalaction.org.uk

For specific technical enquiries, please visit our Technical Enquiry Service

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