Practical Action Blogs

    Second generation sanitation challenges in Bangladesh

    ilot sludge treatment plant Faridpur
    Practical Action, Bangladesh, ITN BUET, DSK and The Daily Star jointly organized a national round table on faecal sludge management (FSM) on 17th May, to meet the second generation sanitation challenge. Around 25 senior representatives attended representing government, civil society, the private sector, donors, networks and think tanks. The first roundtable on FSM in Bangladesh started with a welcome by the Hasin Jahan, Country Director of Practical Action. She highlighted the engagement of ‘beyond WASH’ stakeholders to meet this new challenge. The Director of […]

    May 27th, 2016

    Wellbeing, water and sanitation – community led solutions in Kenya

    Collecting water from a protected spring, in Kisumu, Kenya. This counts as an 'improved water source', but could still be contaminated.
    In order to support our understanding of ‘wellbeing’ Practical Action is supporting doctoral research at University College London, Development Planning Unit. Stephanie Butcher is looking at the connections between urban services and citizenship, to support wellbeing in informal settlements. Stephanie Butcher is a PHD candidate at University College London’s Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience and Development Planning Unit. These reflections emerged as a part of a wider project conducted by the MSc Social Development Practice programme at the DPU. What do we […]

    May 27th, 2016

    Loss and Damage, why it’s vital to get it right.

    CC Impacts
    At the COP21 Paris climate talks the issue of Loss and Damage was firmly cemented in the global agreement under Article 8[1]. This agreement sets the agenda for climate action and the inclusion of a separate article on loss and damage recognises that for many people climate change is already a reality. Climate change is impacting people’s lives and livelihoods and for some adaptation is already too late. Climate change exacerbates existing hazards Climate change hits the poorest hardest, those […]
    Colin McQuistan

    May 27th, 2016

    Menstrual Hygiene Day

    Danier Bangladesh SANIMART
    Saturday 28th May is Menstrual Hygiene Day, a really important day to raise awareness of good menstrual hygiene and to break some of the taboos that surround something that affects half the population of the world! It’s sad that in 2016, women and girls are still made to feel ashamed by a natural bodily function. Girls are often held back from achieving their full potential as they are unable to attend school and it’s shocking to think that in some […]

    Nepal earthquake – the children’s hope

    2016-03-23 18.09.30
    I have just returned from Nepal. It’s a country I have visited many times before. I first travelled there in my early twenties, an experience that shaped my future. The people I met touched my heart, they were kind, proud, hard working people. After that trip I decided I wanted to work in international development and joined Practical Action’s fundraising team. I have since returned to Nepal four further times.  My last trip was in March where I visited communities in Gorkha, which was at the epicentre of […]
    Hayley Lloyd

    May 23rd, 2016

    Seeing the impact of innovations in Bangladesh

    Helena M & W at pumpkins in Bangladesh
    I’m back from a visit to Bangladesh with new trustee, Helena Wayth to see Practical Action’s work first hand.  What a lot of innovative work we saw! First we headed northwest to Rangpur to see the amazing sandbar cropping, a smart, successful and sustainable technique which Practical Action pioneered.  What impressed us was the huge impact this technology has on the lives of extremely poor people.‘Extremely poor’ means living on less than 50 cents (US) a day.  The aim is […]
    Helena Molyneux

    May 20th, 2016

    A flood warning system to reduce economic loss in disasters

    Atuilia weatherboard.
    Md. A. Halim Miah [1]and Mohammad Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan[2] Weather Forecasting Display Board:  This Weather Forecasting Display Board (WFDB) is both attractive and useful to the local community, especially to those who are vulnerable to flooding and other climatic disruptions. The results of the first pilot study show that rural people working in agriculture and shrimp farming found it very helpful.  Coastal areas like Atulia of Shyamnagar, Satkhira district and Zhilonga Union in Cox’s Bazar District are highly susceptible to cyclone and water […]
    Halim Miah

    May 18th, 2016

    Inspired by the Commission on the Status of Women

    Hon. Minister C.P. Mainali presenting at CSW60 inaugural
    Women are agents of development. Realising gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is not only a goal in itself but can lead to progress across all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. This year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) stressed this and welcomed commitments to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls as per the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. More than 8,100 individuals represented over 180 countries at the event, which took place at the United Nations […]
    Kopila Thapa

    May 17th, 2016

    Learnings from a food security project in far-western Nepal

    Rearing chicken provides extra income to road-side shopkeepers.
    When I look back, it still gives me a reason to visit the place again and again. The trip to far-western Nepal, our project sites, was a whirlwind – with all sorts of emotions jumbled up – getting me excited at each turn of the road. Though harsh life in the rugged terrain is a daily affair for people living in abject penury, it is a moment of revelation if you are a first-time traveller to those areas. The Promotion […]
    Sanjib Chaudhary

    May 17th, 2016

    Has Solar Power’s Moment in Africa Finally Arrived?

    Solar Powered Community in Africa
    Some rural areas of Zimbabwe are currently in a state of disaster after being hit by a severe drought. But there is hope that a new Practical Action project in the country using solar power to irrigate land could help overcome the problems that climate change is causing. A couple of hours’ drive from Gwanda in the south west of Zimbabwe, close to the border with Botswana, you come across an extraordinary sight. A bank of solar panels – 400 […]
    Ian Derbyshire

    May 13th, 2016