Practical Action Blogs

    Just throw it on the ground! Waste disposal in Nairobi’s informal settlements

    Megan pic
    From May, 2015, three university students joined Practical Action, Eastern Africa, as interns within the Urban WASH team to assist in conducting research for the “Technology and the Future of Work” project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The WASH intern team consists of Eric Mugaa and Charles Kwena, both in their fifth year at the University of Nairobi in the Civil Engineering programme, and Megan Douglas, a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh in the International Development programme. The […]

    June 29th, 2015

    Reflection on the Asia Clean Energy Forum ACEF2015

    Spending a week in Manila at the Asia Clean Energy Forum was an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn about what is going on in the energy access space in this key region of the world. What I learned there was both inspiring and disappointing however. Check out my thoughts on what the Asian Development Bank and others need to do to begin seriously addressing the global challenge of energy poverty.   Thank you for watching this video blog, which will […]
    Aaron Leopold

    June 26th, 2015

    Climate Smart Agriculture: why avoiding ambiguity is vital to success

    farmer adaptation climate change
    Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is a phrase that has been gaining increasing prominence in both the sphere of international development and in mainstream media. But despite some powerful backers, CSA has not been without criticism. There are growing calls for clear guidelines in order to distinguish between what is ‘climate-smart’ and what is just business as usual under a different name.   “Sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes Adapting and building resilience to climate change Reducing and/or removing greenhouse gases […]
    Jack Spoor

    June 25th, 2015

    Supporters’ day out!

    Supporters Day 2015
    On June 13th we held our annual Supporters’ day in London. Taking inspiration from our heritage the theme of the day was ‘Grassroots to Muddy boots’ it was a fantastic opportunity for supporters to get closer to the work their support has made possible – and what a day! Margaret Gardner opened the proceedings, followed by our Nepal Country Director, Achyut Luitel who gave an update on the recent Earthquake and, explained our involvement at present and going forward. There […]

    RECAP: The Energy-Agriculture Nexus

    Lily Odarno from WRI
    This is a guest post from WRI’s Lily Odarno about the joint Energy Engagement Series Practical Action hosts with WRI each month in Washington, DC. This event is meant to be a discussion that brings together leaders in the energy access  space. This summary is from an event we held in May discussing the Energy-Agriculture nexus.  Discussions on the role of energy in development are becoming increasingly focused on the nexus between energy and other aspects of development. The energy-agriculture nexus […]
    Glen Burnett

    June 24th, 2015

    Technology Justice: a new paradigm for the SDGs

    A woman cooking over a traditional stove in Nepal
    We are now entering the final few months of discussions that will cement global development targets for the next 15 years.  As discussions on goals and targets conclude and we look towards the vital task of implementation, Practical Action is launching a new series of policy briefing papers that capture the learning from our programme and policy work with technology and development. The first paper, launched today, introduces Technology Justice: a new paradigm to inform the design and implementation of these Sustainable […]
    Amber Meikle

    June 18th, 2015

    Nepal Earthquake: Top Thirteen “Not to Do’s”

    One of the oldest and historical Durbar School severely damaged by the earthquake
    Nepal saw a devastating earthquake of 7.8 Richter scale on 25 April 2015. The country was hit by other two powerful aftershocks measuring 6.6 Richter scale on April 26, and 6.8 Richter scale on 12 May. A total of 270 aftershocks over 4 Richter scale were recorded in a period of a month, according to National Seismological Centre (NSC). Over 20,000 tremors including mild ones were felt in this period. These altogether affected over 40 districts, while 14 districts experienced […]
    Achyut Luitel

    June 10th, 2015

    Will agroecology, smallholder farmers and technology justice be adequately considered in Bonn?

    Climate Change is a recognised threat to global agriculture and places in jeopardy the wellbeing of the poorest people whose fragile livelihoods are primarily dependent on agricultural production. Millions of farmers own less than one hectare of land, live on less than $1 a day and struggle to produce enough to feed their families, these are the people on the frontline when famine strikes. The fragility of their livelihoods will increase if serious climate action isn’t taken. At the Bonn […]
    Colin McQuistan

    June 5th, 2015

    Gulariya Municipality declared “Open Defecation Free”

    Constituent Assembly (CA) member Hon. Sanjay Kumar Gautam inaugurating the ODF declaration ceremony
    On Monday, 25 May 2015, I headed to Gulariya to participate in the declaration ceremony of Gulariya Municipality as “Open Defecation Free” (ODF).  I was amazed to see the huge crowd enjoying cultural music bands in the backdrop, with indigenous groups like Tharu, Pahadi and Godiya in their traditional costumes singing and dancing to the music. I could see delighted faces beaming with joy, everybody had come together to celebrate the success – the fruit of the hard work they […]
    Dev Bhatta

    June 4th, 2015