Practical Action Blogs

    An interview with Nazmul Islam Chowdhury

    "A small dream is now a big dream" Nazmul Chowdhury
    The Pumpkins Against Poverty appeal has been a major success, raising an incredible £1 million from people just like you.  This was then matched pound for pound by the UK Government. Almost every year monsoon rains cause the three major rivers of Bangladesh to swell, resulting in devastating floods.  They wash away fertile land and destroy homes and livelihoods.  Families are forced to find a new place to live and a new means of earning a living without land to […]
    Elizabeth Dunn

    January 12th, 2017

    What if preparedness action was informed by forecasts?

    Imagine if we had forecast information that a flood disaster was likely to strike a particular location and we could anticipate the rain coming but were unable to do anything in that small window of opportunity. It would make sense if we were able to take early action and help vulnerable communities prepare before a disaster event based upon the available forecast information. Forecast based Financing (FbF) is a niche concept in the humanitarian sector that allows us to take […]

    Communities building resilience

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    Bangladesh has a population of 16 million in a small area. It is on a journey with the aim of becoming a developed country. Apart from the challenges and barriers, Bangladesh has become better known globally for using  effective measures to build more resilient communities. Being a delta country, Bangladesh is vulnerable to natural hazards such as floods, riverbank erosion, cyclones and drought. All these hazards are expected to increase in intensity and frequency under a changing climate. In addition, increased temperature, erratic monsoon rainfall, sea […]

    January 9th, 2017

    Participatory market systems development

    PMSD workshop Talkot
    Kassala Talkok village is a place where many people produce and innovate. But there is one big problem – they do not know how to market their products. To address this Practical Action Sudan organised a workshop centered on the concepts and application methods of Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD), as part of the Aqua 4 East project. The rationale behind this training is the need to expand the understanding of project participants about their own obstacles and constraints in order to […]
    Fatima Mahmoud A/Aziz

    January 6th, 2017

    Promoting inclusive urban growth

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    Stories of urban cleaners society in Bangladesh by Md. A. Halim Miah, Makfie Farah, Uttam Kumar Saha and Hasin Jahan History reveals that there were a special group of people who, unlike other artisans like smiths and weavers, worked at cleaning sewerage and drainage system in the old urban civilizations at Harappa and Mohenjo-daro. They were mostly enslaved. We are now under the charter of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights where every man has equal rights to choose their profession […]
    Halim Miah

    January 3rd, 2017

    Bidding adieu to 2016 : 10 best examples of practical solutions from India

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    With a number of challenges on the field and off the field, the team in India has managed to deliver some good sustainable practical solutions in last couple of years. Moving ahead for an eventful 2017 and with added challenges and milestones, I thought of ending the year with looking back at the sustainable practical solutions we have served so far. Development is a process as we all know and in Practical Action the biggest learning so far I have […]
    Ananta Prasad

    December 30th, 2016

    Inside Nepali Kitchens

    I remember when I used to go to my maternal uncle’s ancestral home in Nepalgunj as a kid, my grandmother asked us not to step inside the kitchen while she was cooking. She wanted to prevent us from the tough smoke from the burning fire. Few years later, she started using LPG stove and things got better for her. But even at her 70’s, she is somehow paying the expense of cooking in smoke filled kitchen for half her life. […]
    Archana Gurung

    December 29th, 2016

    Keeping the hope alive

    Radhika Shahi working in her vegetable farm.
    In my more than a decade long development journey, I have travelled a lot. I have reached to remote corners of the country and have listened to the voices of marginalised people. No place compares to Karnali region in remoteness and marginalisation. I had heard about it but got the opportunity to experience it only in the last October. I started my journey of Karnali from Kalikot district.  Kalikot is often referred as   ‘youngest district’ in Nepal as it was […]
    Menila Kharel

    December 27th, 2016

    Knowledge is Power; #LetsdoPeriodTalk

    Sailaja
    Written by Pratikshya Priyadarshini A hot, sunny afternoon in the Sikharchandi slum of Bhubaneswar does not evoke the imagery of a drab, lazy life that it typically must. One can hear the din from a distance, hard rubber balls hitting against wooden bats, followed closely by the voices of young boys appealing instinctively to an invisible umpire. As we walk along the dusty paths, the roads wider than the adjacent houses, a number of young girls flock to us, greeting us […]
    Ananta Prasad

    December 22nd, 2016

    Safer cooking across the world

    Pashupati Kumal
    Cooking is a daily necessity – for some a chore, for others a pleasure.  I’m happy to count myself in the latter category. Luckily for me, cooking is made easier by the availability of clean, reliable energy.  But this sadly is not the case for a third of the world population. In many developing countries, and especially in rural areas, the only cooking fuels available and affordable are wood, crop waste or dung. And the most common cooking appliance is a three stone […]
    Amanda Ross

    December 20th, 2016