Practical Action Blogs

    Meet a real ‘Wonder Woman’

    The new ‘Wonder Woman’ film premiered across the world this month.  At its Latin American red carpet event in Mexico, the star, Gal Gadot, was presented with a unique set of embroidered Wonder Woman bracelets. These were designed and made by Doris Barrientos, an artisan from Cusco and leading light of our textile art project to promote economic development in the region. “Wonder Woman” is a fighter and warrior just like the artisans from Cusco,” commented Doris. Doris Barrientos lives […]

    June 23rd, 2017

    Squatters’ community transforming into flood resilient community

    A squatters’ community of over 41 migrated families from different places as landless have been building their flood resilient capacities. They organized together, learned and put their efforts to disaster risk reduction. An end to end flood early warning system set up by Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and Practical Action in collaboration with agencies of the government of Nepal with funding support from USAID/OFDA breaks down vulnerability to enhance community flood resilience. The vulnerability Sukumbashi Basti (squatters’ community) in […]

    June 22nd, 2017

    Meeting rural electricity needs in Malawi

    An expanding geographic area of work for Practical Action is in Malawi’s agriculture and energy sectors. Malawi has an agro-based economy, with the agriculture sector contributing 30% to the national GDP annually.  Increasing challenges from the changing climate and the demand to feed a fast growing population are driving an increasing focus on this sector. Practical Action has a valuable role to play, which I will talk about in a future blog.  Today I want to concentrate on our role in the provision […]

    June 20th, 2017

    Inclusive toilet – an example of inclusive public sanitation business

    During one of my field trips to Gulariya, in the mid-western Nepal, a gender friendly public toilet caught my attention. Peeping through the vehicle’s window, I decided to visit the site after completing my meeting with Gulariya Municipality Office and following up on the new activities of the Safa Swastha Gulariya project. The public toilet has not only male and female sections but also a separate section for third genders. A bright new paint applied to the facility and a […]

    June 20th, 2017

    Why aren’t more girls in Europe studying STEM? What can we do to change this?

    That was the subject of a huge Pan-European research project conducted by Microsoft and the subject of a recent webinar they held. As someone who is passionate about encouraging more girls into STEM and reducing the inequality around STEM in the workplace I was also interested to see if there were any insights that I could incorporate into my own work. I work within a team that produces free STEM resources for girls and boys in schools, and runs a […]

    June 19th, 2017

    Odyssey to the far west- In search of stories

    Far western region is arguably one of my favorite places in Nepal, regardless being considered one of the most remote and under developed regions of Nepal.  The place never ceases to amaze me.  I was really fascinated by the natural beauty, cultural diversity, ancient heritage and the rural traditions it had to offer.  My first trip was back in 2014 with the ROJGARI project.  So much had changed in the past couple of years; the rough gravel roads had been […]

    Social media – a community of practice!!

    The 9th ICT4D (Information and Communications Technologies for Development) Conference kicked off in Hyderabad, India with more than 800 attendees from 40 plus countries representing private, public and civil society organisations from across the humanitarian and international development community. Hyderabad was the right spot to be picked for the conference as they lead the digital India initiative, a campaign launched by the Government of India. The state of Telangana (Hyderabad is the capital city of the state) also launched its […]

    GIGS – Inspiring girls and boys into STEM through Erasmus+

    Students from Poland presenting their global STEM challenge GIGS project, Warsaw 2017
    ”To begin with one of the girls we were working with wasn’t interested in coding or drones; but when she saw how they could be used to help people by transporting water she became really interested.” So said Sabrin, a year 11 girl from The de Ferrers Academy when she was feeding back on her experience of working with a year 8 class in her school as part of our EU funded project, ‘ Girls into Global STEM’ (GIGS). Working with other […]

    Poland, Dalików | June 8th, 2017

    Father’s Day Special – how access to electricity transformed Thandolwenkosi Mazwi’s life

    With Father’s Day coming up soon, I thought it would be a good time to tell you about how Practical Action is helping men and their families. Thandolwenkosi Mazwi is a High School teacher in Mashaba, Gwanda, Zimbabwe. He is 44 years old and married with five children; two boys and three girls. When we met him at the Mashaba Health Clinic, he had brought one of his sons with him who was being treated for ringworm and needed a check-up. […]

    June 6th, 2017

    Connecting people to nature – 5 ways knowledge protects our planet

    World Environment Day is the largest global day for positive environmental action. Here at Practical Action we want to create a sustainable future for everyone on our planet. To achieve this sharing knowledge is key. To celebrate, here are 5 ways knowledge really can protect our planet: 1. Krishi Call Centre – By simply dialing 16123 farmers across Bangladesh can call to receive the solutions, information and answers they need to solve their pressing challenges. Our call executives help farmers to farm […]

    June 5th, 2017