Practical Action Blogs

    Communities live with dignity after ODF declaration

    Indira Chaudhary  cleaning up her toilet
    It sounds simple to people who have access to basic sanitation facilities. But a technology as simple as a pit latrine is a subject of luxury for a lot of people. It is an alarming fact that even today, more than half of Nepal’s population defecate in open. The trends are changing gradually and the people living in urban areas have fancy bathrooms in their homes, but there still are a huge number of people who do not have access […]
    Dev Bhatta

    March 26th, 2015

    Cultural barriers to the use of improved cookstoves

    A woman cooking over a traditional stove in Nepal
    We get plenty of opportunities to explore Nepal working in the local development sector. This is one of the interesting aspects of our job. I have visited around 56 out of 75 districts of Nepal during the course of my professional career, but as yet not been to the upper mountainous districts. A project team from Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) asked me to join a training programme going to be held at Diktel, the administrative headquarters of Khotang district which […]
    Dipendra Bhattarai

    March 25th, 2015

    A step towards a JUST world

    A proper toilet, water supply and electricity – these are some basic necessities of our lives. What can be more inconvenient than not having a toilet around when you need it? Imagine waking up every day not knowing how you would manage to collect the water required for the day! It might be hard for us to even imagine, but it is a reality that too many people are living every day. While the technologies have advanced to the level […]
    Swarnima Shrestha

    March 22nd, 2015

    “Make it Happens- translating into actions”- reflection of IWD celebration

    Theme of the event
    [The author believes late is better than never] International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8th March every year across the globe. In Bangladesh, particularly in development organizations, it is very old practiced event. But it was new in Practical Action, Bangladesh while we (Gender working Group Bangladesh) started taking preparation for this. But the event was able to convey some common messages to all staff (irrespective age, position and religion). At the end of the event, one of our […]

    Promoting organic fertilizer in Bangladesh: Challenges and Prospects

    “The price of cultivation increases at every steps like hiring more labourers, purchasing different inputs like chemical fertilizer, pesticides and irrigation equipment. Even more for chemical fertilizer farmers have to depend on agriculture office and government selected dealers where we stand behind a long queue during planting season. ” So recounted Alauddin Khan, a Bangladeshi small holder, who cultivates some land of his own and some shared with others (New Age, October, 16, 2008). This is the reality for every small holder in […]
    Halim Miah

    March 14th, 2015

    A false sense of security? What Sendai 2015 needs to achieve

    Local people participating in bio dykes construction
    Sendai in Japan today welcomes the international community to negotiate a successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework of Action which ten years ago created a global agreement over the governance of disaster risk reduction (DRR). Sendai is well placed to know the importance of preparing for disaster. Four years ago it witnessed the triple whammy of an earthquake that triggered a tsunami that led to a technological disaster. Hopefully the successor agreement will reinforce the growing emphasis on risk reduction […]
    Colin McQuistan

    March 13th, 2015

    Small things make a big difference

    nawal with decorated baskets
    Women’s economic empowerment is essential for poverty reduction and improves the quality of life for women, men and their families.  Small things can be great for making a difference and bringing happiness to a family. Practical Action’s team in Blue Nile state realized the importance and the meaning of women empowerment by implementing a project in 2014 that focuses on empowering youths, women and men to help them to learn a specialty that will enable them to become an expert […]
    Amel Abdulla Awad

    March 12th, 2015

    Flood-proof school …flood-proof community

    All around the UK are villages and towns with community centres, but just imagine how valued that community centre would be if it was not just a community centre but also a school, and a place of safety. The Multi-purpose Community Centre and School in Saghata, Giabandha, is one such place. Most of the time the building is used as a school and this is what it was being used for when I visited it.  The place was full of […]
    Julie Brown

    March 11th, 2015

    Give a man a fish…

    We have all heard that saving, ‘give a man a fish and he will have food for a day, teach him to fish and he will have food for a lifetime’. At Practical Action we take this a step further, we would teach a man to fish and provide all the equipment he needs to do that as well! In my recent visit to Bangladesh it was this expression that came to mind when I met a lovely family were keen […]

    Mobiles for Development: Virtual Reality, or Reality?

    Mobile phones, smartphone apps, mobile internet connectivity and mobile payments are frequently touted as silver bullets in the fight against poverty. Through a combination of frugal innovation and disruptive business models, mobile phones have become increasingly affordable and accessible to an ever-widening customer base. They are often considered ubiquitous among even very poor communities by designers and development practitioners, with statistics suggesting access to mobile phones across developing countries to be at 51%. Although this is encouraging, we must remember […]
    Jonathan Casey

    March 10th, 2015