Practical Action Blogs
Have you seen the Global Innovation Exchange?
Do you know about the Global Innovation Exchange? You should. The Exchange is an online platform for innovators, funders, and subject matter experts to connect and share valuable insights and resources to better address major global issues. It was just officially launched today during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016, and Practical Action is excited to see how it will grow. This is why: It shares Practical Action’s love of open knowledge platforms: The goal is to accelerate development innovation where […]
500 communities motivated to become open defecation free
Bangladesh has reduced open defecation (OD) to 1%. But this ratio is not the same in some of the hard-to-reach and rural areas. A significant number of the population still practices open defecation, in some area this is as high as 24%. Gowainghat, a beautiful riverside sub-district in Sylhet is one such area struggling to achieve OD free status (DHS, 2012). Practical Action, Bangladesh have taken an initiative to stop OD in some these areas only through self-motivation of the […]
Mock flood exercises in Nepal prepare communities for monsoon
On 5 June in the early morning, the community in Jhapa district of Eastern Nepal received phone calls around 9:00 am from the gauge reader at Mainachuli Hydrology Station located at upper stream of the Kankai River where flood information is monitored. The information is also monitored at the District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC). The information conveyed was on rainfall in the upstream catchment and water level of river at Mainachuli. Building on the early information (alert, warning and danger […]
Life light and livelihood: Konds of Badamanjari made it possible
To talk about the future is useful only if it leads to action now ~ EF Schumacher Despite all efforts to provide basic amenities of life to tribals in the state, there are still a large number of places deprived of daily needs such as electricity and adequate transport. Similar is the case for many Konds residing in hilly terrains of eastern ghat of hills. Such is a village Badamanjari, in the valleys, surrounded by sky touching mountains. Though it’s […]
A road trip to Gujrana
February’s beautiful few days kept me in the mid-west Terai. This part of Nepal is filled with the unusual beauty and especially Gulariya of Bardiya is at nature’s special rank. The sun’s radiance and crops spreading far and wide feed your eyes with a greenish-yellowish colour symphony, red-silk cotton trees catching up with you every next minute, give pleasure to the mind and heart. Gulariya holds unique flora and fauna; it is widely known for the Krishnasars (black bucks). Gulariya is a […]
How can health centers benefit from energy access? Thoughts from our recent Energy Engagement Series
Health centers don’t need massive amounts of energy to do basic things, but energy can mean the arrival of refrigerated vaccines and light for newborn deliveries in communities that live beyond the grid. In this way, the energy-health nexus links up with many of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, bringing energy to these places can often be a challenge, and energy providers still haven’t cracked the nut on how to develop sustainable model. This was the theme of discussion at […]
Good and not so good news from the World Humanitarian Summit
Two weeks ago I attended the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul and thought I would share a few thoughts. Firstly, the positive message! The side-event on the Moving Energy Initiative with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves went very well: The next phase of funding was agreed and additional funding for the energy in emergencies sector was announced. The event was well attended and Practical Action made connections with important partners for us in the energy space. Baroness Verma from DFID and Susan Myers […]
Many Happy Returns
Lusaka in Zambia was the venue for a recent global gathering of 200 practitioners, researchers and donors for the BEAM Exchange’s inaugural conference “Shining a light on the use of systems approaches to build inclusive markets and reduce poverty”. BEAM is a knowledge hub supported by DFID and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and we gathered to take stock of learning on three illuminating tracks: Evidence; Results and Innovative Practices. The ACRE team joined forces with Adam Smith International to lead […]
How should we approach faecal sludge management?
Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) being the need of the hour, planners and policy makers must invest time and energy in research. As this is completely new to India and yet to develop a market and demand, I got an opportunity to visit Indah Water Konsortium, Malaysia to see their faecal sludge and sewage treatment sites. INDAH WATER KONSORTIUM SDN BHD (IWK) is the national sewerage company wholly-owned by Minister of Finance Incorporated and operates as a private company under the Company’s Act. […]
Practical Action’s top Dads!
The 19th of June is Father’s Day, so I thought what better time to share some stories of some amazing fathers that Practical Action has worked with around the world, only made possible because of our kind and generous supporters. 5. Anthony Ndugu, Kenya Before Practical Action began working with Anthony, a pit latrine emptier in Nakuru, Kenya, he was shy and felt ashamed of the job he did. He didn’t feel respected by his community and would often come home covered in waste. He […]