Practical Action Blogs

    Powering education in Zimbabwe

    Miss Mumpande - Mashaba Primary School
    Globally, 1.3 billion people have no access to energy and it’s this lack of access that is keeping people living in poverty. Energy has the power to transform lives, it enables clinics to offer 24 hour care, for school children to study at night and it enables farmers to irrigate their land with reliable water pumps. Practical Action has been working with people across Malawi and Zimbabwe to bring clean and sustainable solar energy to their communities. This project is […]
    Elizabeth Dunn

    February 21st, 2017

    A new STEM challenge – Stop the Spread

    Stop the Spread STEM poster Practical Action
    Having a new STEM challenge to promote is always such a great feeling! STEM challenges are our most popular materials. Teachers tell us time and time again how they love them not just because they inspire their pupils, but because the support materials are so comprehensive their prep time is reduced to a minimum Stop the Spread is our brand new STEM challenge for 7-16 years. Highlighting the global issue of infectious diseases pupils design, build and test a model […]
    Julie Brown

    February 21st, 2017

    Flood resilience offers dignity to disabled people

    disability graph
      Co authored with Gurudas Biswas, Monitoring & Documentation Officer, V2R+ project, Bangladesh The extreme poverty status of Bangladesh (those with a per capita daily income of less than US$1.25) is reducing significantly in rural areas, but rural poverty is still higher than urban poverty in Bangladesh. Among the rural extreme poor, people with disabilities are the most marginalized. They are often excluded both from their communities and from development initiatives. Women and children are most vulnerable. They are the […]
    Halim Miah

    February 21st, 2017

    Pesticide Use in Developing Countries
    There is an enormous use of pesticides in developing nations that has lead to drastic effects, hence making it one of the top concerns for global environmentalists. The use of these pesticides, some of which are totally illegal, has not only led to drastic environmental degradation, but negative effect on climate at large.  Importantly, human health has been affected with end users of these farm produce complaining of neurotoxic, reproductive, and dermatologic effects. In most cases, these pesticides are used […]

    February 21st, 2017

    Measured irrigation for smallholders: more crop per drop

    Measured irrigation evaporator
    Bernie Omodei from Measured Irrigation writes about a very low cost innovation that may reduce the water consumption for drip irrigation by up to 50% without affecting the yield. The innovation uses the weather to control the irrigation scheduling rather than a program. The DIY (Do It Yourself) instructions in this blog can be applied to any drip irrigation application in any poor community. Upgrading drip irrigation to unpowered MI Many smallholders use gravity feed drip irrigation to irrigate a […]
    Bernie Omodei

    February 20th, 2017

    Establishing a water catchment network

    Aqua4East workshop
    Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is an important approach for the sustainable use of water resources, involving different sectors, while maintaining sustainability and observing regulation. Active community involvement is vital for a sustainable natural resources management approach. The principles of IWRM applied at a local level require a participatory community-driven approach where all water users and water sources are considered and prioritized by the communities. Aqua4East project in Kassala Under this project, IWRM committees were formed with 22 male and eight female […]
    Entisar Mustafa

    February 17th, 2017

    What is the key to building a resilient community?

    community training Bangladesh
    The modern concept of social capital has renewed academic interest in social science: the relationship between trust, social networks and the resilient development of a vulnerable society. Aldrich (2012) found that “participation among networked members; providing information and knowledge to individuals in the group; and creating trustworthiness.” He showed that “higher levels of social capital work together more effectively to guide resources to where they are needed.” Many studies confirm that after disasters, most survivors see social connections and community as critical […]
    Anwar Hossain

    February 16th, 2017

    Sanitation is everyone’s responsibility

    sanitation in Talkok
    Practical Action, in collaboration with Kassala Women Development Association Network (KWDAN), organized an environmental sanitation campaign in four villages in the Talkok area, Toiat, Temegrif, Tahjer Kanjer and Bariay. The slogan for the campaign was ‘Environmental sanitation is everyone’s responsibility!’ The campaign was launched in Twaite village on 30 January and continued for two days, before moving on to the other villages.  The first day in Twaite proved a success with the local community adopting the ideas. The organisations that participated in this […]
    Fatima Mahmoud A/Aziz

    February 16th, 2017

    Youth driving transformation of African agriculture

    woman farming in Zimbabwe
    On 16th and 17th February, the MasterCard Foundation will host the Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, to address the opportunities for empowering young people to drive transformational change in African agriculture. Practical Action will be there to share evidence from its work of how technologies – from MP3 podcasts, to solar irrigation systems – can support young people to lead productive lives in agricultural areas, and move towards more sustainable, resilient farming. Education drives social change Significant improvements […]
    Jonny Casey

    February 15th, 2017

    Hard work paid off!

    Chunnu Kathariya at his pig resource centre
    Chuunu Kathariya is a proud agri-entreprenuer who runs a commercial pig resource centre in Dodohara VDC, Kailali. Currently, he has 19 pigs in his resource centre. He makes a yearly income of NPR 7,00,000 (£5,243). Apart from the pig resource centre, he has recently started banana farming in 14 Kattha (4740 sqm) land. Kathariya  took us to his days back in 2011 when he had returned from Saudi Arabia after spending 26 months there as a labourer.  After his return, […]
    Menila Kharel

    February 15th, 2017