Practical Action Blogs

    Knowledge for resilient livelihoods – Bidhya’s story

    Bidhya in her mushroom farm
    This story dates back to couple of months ago when I visited one of the Practical Action projects in mid-west Nepal. Funded by the Zurich Foundation, the Nepal Flood Resilience Project (NFRP) is building the resilience of vulnerable communities to flood risks. I met a very enthusiastic beneficiary of the project – Ms Bidhya Kumari Chaudhary (28). During our conversation she was happy to describe how the project helped her to increase her resilience to flood. Bidhya lives in Rajapur, […]
    Upendra Shrestha

    April 27th, 2016

    It’s a happier life with biogas

    biogas Kassala
    Biomass energy (firewood, charcoal, and crop residues) makes up more than 80% of primary energy consumption in Sudan. Over many years, it has become evident that high dependence on biomass energy is a major factor in forest cover depletion, environmental degradation and desertification. Successive drought cycles that have stricken the Sudano-Sahelian countries since the early 1970s, and from then on, Sudan has suffered lasting, disastrous effects and the encroachment of the desert. The desert and semi-desert represent 51.5% of the total […]
    Refaat Bashir Mohamed

    April 26th, 2016

    Nepal earthquake: my country one year on

    A house lies in ruins in the village of Ashrang, Gorkha, Nepal
    Today marks the year anniversary since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated my country. I have just returned from Ashrang – a village in Nepal that was near the epicentre of the earthquake. One year on, houses still lie in ruins and children are terrified – too scared to sleep. I still remember the last time I visited Ashrang in Gorkha back in 2014. I was up on the roof of one of the schools overseeing the entire village. The view was just amazing. I […]

    Sustainable Development Goal 11 and South Asian urban poverty

    Street dwellers in Dhaka City, displaced from rural areas
    The South Asian region comprises India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, The Maldives and Afghanistan. It accounts for 14% of the world urban population and by 2050 most of the population of South Asian countries will be residing in urban areas. However the future for South Asia is greater urban population although most parts of individual countries are rural in nature. Urban population of South Asian Region Urbanisation has happened unevenly.  Some megacities have a high concentration of urban population […]
    Halim Miah

    April 15th, 2016

    Integrated Resource Planning and the April Energy Engagement Series

    The process for Integrated Resource Planning
    What happens when we approach energy access from a perspective of how to provide energy services instead of simply focusing on expanding the supply of kilowatt hours? Underserved populations require consideration of latent demand as well as supply options, but to do this, planners often have to change how they approach these issues. At Practical Action and WRI’s most recent Energy Engagement Series event in Washington, DC,  Gilberto Jannuzzi talked about his work in Brazil delivering energy efficiency programs for low income […]
    Glen Burnett

    April 14th, 2016

    Krishi call centre helps fisheries sector in Bangladesh

    fishery Bangladesh
    Krishi Call Centre, a low cost solution to the extension challenges of the fisheries sector in Bangladesh “Hello, I am Ahsan Habib from Kishoreganj, my fishes are dying due to skin ulcer. What are the treatment measures for carp ulcerative syndrome? “ Ahsan Habib is a small scale farmer. He has a pond with an area of 60 decimal (800 sq m approx). He farms carp, tilapia and local catfish in his pond. This season he stocked his pond with carp […]
    Halim Miah

    April 8th, 2016

    Sheep rearing to reduce the impact of climate change

    sheep rearing bangladesh cyclone
    Lessons from the southern coastal area of Bangladesh The people of the southern coastal part of Bangladesh are experiencing the severe impacts of climate change on their lives and livelihood. In 2009 the devastating cyclone Aila killed many people and devastated the livelihoods of million in the coastal community of Bangladesh. The severe cyclone and saline water intrusion made their life more vulnerable. It directly affected the natural ecosystems, natural resources and has had a negative impact on the poverty situation […]
    Anwar Hossain

    April 5th, 2016

    ‘Sunalo Sakhi’ : An experiment that needs further support

    IMG_2637 (Cópia)
    “Sunalo Sakhi” is a small demonstration project started under the banner of Practical Answers at the beginning of 2016. The local partner CCWD happily agreed to partner with us for 3 months to implement the program in 15 slums of Bhubaneswar. This Bhubaneswar based NGO has strong grass root level presence and as this project was for a small period. We decided to use the already existed groups formed by the local NGO for the successful running of the project. The project […]
    Birupakshya Dixit

    April 4th, 2016

    Voice messages warn communities at risk of flooding

    In 2010 Germanwatch estimated that Bangladesh sustained losses of US$ 1.8 billion in damages between 1993 and 2012 from a variety of natural disasters at a cost equivalent to 1.8% of GDP. The 1998 flooding that affected over two-thirds of the country resulted in estimated damages and losses of over US$2.0 billion, about 4.8% of GDP. Research revealed that improve early warning and weather forecasting (EWF) can reduce loss and damage to lives and property at community level due to recurrent […]
    Halim Miah

    March 29th, 2016

    Impact of low cost irrigation technologies on livelihoods and women’s empowerment

    Google map
    ICIMOD held an international workshop on water, livelihood and gender nexus recently in Kathmandu. We were also invited to share our experience.  The following is the full script of the presentation I made on the impact of low cost irrigation technologies (micro irrigation technologies) on livelihood and women empowerment.   The impact of irrigation on livelihoods is obvious. However, the impact of conventional irrigation schemes on the livelihoods of poor and marginalised households is not that obvious.  Marginalised households often […]
    Rabindra Bahadur Singh

    March 28th, 2016