Practical Action Blogs

    Will COP21 deliver a Paris Protocol?

    Great Climate Race
    Have the global negotiations for a new climate agreement switched from a marathon to an egg and spoon race? We are now in the final leg of the marathon negotiations for a new climate agreement. At the last meeting in Bonn, the negotiators were expected to intensify their pace, but by the end of the meeting it was clear no one had sped up, if anything the pace had slowed. We are now entering the final sprint to the line. […]
    Colin McQuistan

    November 25th, 2015

    What if you don’t have a toilet, build one now !

    Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes. E. F. Schumacher The curiosity was quiet evident on the faces of hundreds of people knowing the fact that, they were being gathered to celebrate World Toilet Day. People in general do not like to talk about ‘shit’ and that has been a global challenge now. Amidst the number of popular days such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Water Day and many others we […]
    Ananta Prasad

    November 23rd, 2015

    Planners must focus on faecal sludge management

    With cut throat competition among Indian cities to become Smart Cities, there have been many aspects of urban planning which need to be addressed and adhered to. As per the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP 2010), India contributes to 58% of the world’s population defecating in the open. And according to census in 2011, an overwhelming 170,000 households (48.33 per cent) or 800,500 people in the slums of Odisha defecate in the open. A massive campaign by the Swachh Bharat Mission has, however, […]
    Ananta Prasad

    November 23rd, 2015

    World Toilet Day 2015: good news and bad news

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    But Mummy, I CAAAAN’T WAIT – the familiar cry for anyone with children. Fortunately we live in a place where a safe, clean toilet our children can easily use, with soap and water on hand, is never far away. But this basic human right is not available to everyone. #wecantwait is the theme for this year’s World Toilet Day on 19th November. BAD NEWS: The 2015 JMP report finds that 2.4 billion people are still without access to improved sanitation […]

    50 years of Practical Action

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    Practical Action is celebrating our 50th Anniversary. We’re celebrating working together with people, huge impact, great technological innovation, people’s lives changed. For me it’s the stories of those individuals who have worked together with Practical Action that are the real testament to our work. People like John who I met in Gwanda, Zimbabwe and who started working with us in January this year. Rainfall in Zimbabwe is increasingly erratic and he wanted to know about planting techniques that would increase […]
    Margaret Gardner

    November 9th, 2015

    A centuries old fisheries governance system is alive and well

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    Much effort has been made to build sustainable governance for fisheries. However, fisheries resources are still in grave peril, consequently, the livelihoods of fishers are negatively affected. Governing common pool resources continues to be a challenge and thus far has proved a failure and a disappointment. Some argue that “the solution” for governing common pool resources is privatization. Of them, fisheries are a much talked about subject. Contrary to this view, small scale fishers in some places have demonstrated their […]
    Erwin Rathnaweera

    November 8th, 2015

    Sumit Dugar of Practical Action Consulting is awarded the young scientist award

    Sumit Dugar from PAC Nepal has just been awarded the young scientist award at the annual conference of the international society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) 2015 for his paper on PAC’s Disaster Risk Reduction work in Nepal : How Often Will a 1 in a 1000 Year Flood Occur – The 2014 Karnali Flood in West Nepal      
    Vicky Erickson

    November 6th, 2015

    Contributing to the elaboration of the National Plan of Action on Gender and Climate Change in Peru

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    One of the most important outcomes of the COP20 in Peru last year was the development of the Lima Work Program on Gender and Climate Change which establishes a plan of activities to promote gender sensitivity in climate change policy and practice. Inspired by diverse discussions around gender at the 2014 COP, the Government of Peru took the ambitious decision to develop a National Plan of Action on Gender and Climate Change (PAGCC); a unique effort among South American countries. […]
    Lili Ilieva

    November 4th, 2015

    Solar Power Cart: One stop solution for post cyclone energy need

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    We tend to think of development, not in terms of evolution, but in terms of creation. ~ EF Schumacher Based on a trolley (3-wheeler) this new innovation of a Solar Power Cart “Soura Ratha” can produce up to 1KW green energy which will provide hassle free power supply in emergency situations. On the eve of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Day and Odisha Disaster Preparedness Day, the first prototype of the Soura Ratha is publicly displayed at the Exhibition unveiled […]
    Ananta Prasad

    November 3rd, 2015

    GPS technology halts lagoon encroachment

    Using GPS technology to halt lagoon encroachment in Sri Lanka
    In the natural resource management arena common pool resources and open access are two aspects that are discussed at length. These topics continue to be challenging to researchers, practitioners, scientists and governments across the world. Sri Lanka is no exception. These challenges are clearly manifested in the small-scale lagoon fisheries sub-sector in Sri Lanka. About 116 lagoons and estuaries can be found around the island. Around 200,000 people are dependent on these intricate ecosystems for livelihoods. These lagoons and estuaries […]