Practical Action Blogs

    Less is more when building a resilient community

    resilience agent Mohamed Khaleque
    To improve the resilience of flood vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, Practical Action has been working in the north-west of the country on a Vulnerability to Resilience (V2R) project under the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation programme. This project, funded by the Zurich Insurance Group, has piloted new practices such as developing Local Resilience Agents (LRA) to sustain the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable flood prone communities by providing an early warning system voice SMS service and delivering vaccination campaigns. V2R has trained 181 LRA in 15 flood-prone areas of Sirajgonj and Bogra on […]

    December 1st, 2016

    Smoky Homes offers an inspiring real-life context for the primary STEM curriculum

    Smoky Homes
    If you were to ask a class of pupils ‘What takes more lives every year than malaria, AIDS and TB added together?’ What do you think their answer would be? I’m guessing it’s unlikely to be household smoke. Yet every year this hidden killer takes the lives of over 4 million people, mainly children and women. Globally, more than three billion people burn wood, coal and other biomass as their only way to cook, boil water and heat their homes on […]
    Bren Hellier

    November 30th, 2016

    Cooking on a pile of bricks

    Bimala Pariyar
    Bimala lives in a small village in the Makwanpur District of Nepal. She lives with 10 members of her family and cooks their meals on a three stone stove which is little more than a pile of bricks. “It takes me up to three hours to cook a meal and I do this three times a day.” The family knows just how dangerous the smoke from the stove is to their health, Bimala has suffered from breathing problems and eye […]
    Elizabeth Dunn

    November 28th, 2016

    Empowering women economically

    Economic empowerment
    As one of the activities of the low smoke stove project we established twenty saving and loan committees in El Fasher town to spread the concept of saving among women’s groups. The hope is to empower women and also to contribute to improving women’s lives. Most of our beneficiaries are poor women, the majority did not complete their education and have little or no income. Most of women are small traders in vegetables or handcrafts.  However for those making local perfume, and […]
    Howida Ahmed

    November 27th, 2016

    Win a Nepalese cooking class at the BBC Good Food Show

    I try Sel Roti made by Momo Cooking's Philippa Magar
    We’re giving people a taste of Nepal on the Practical Action stand at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham this weekend, with samples of Sel Roti and a prize draw to win a Nepalese cooking class for two. We teamed up with Momo Cooking to bring the Nepalese delicacy, Sel Roti to the BBC Good Food Show. It’s a sweet rice bread, distinct from any other breads of the world. It resembles a large thin puffed-up doughnut and is prepared by […]
    Gemma Hume

    November 26th, 2016

    A new dawn for livestock health in Eastern Sudan

    LESP meeting
    The Livestock Epidemio Surveillance Programme (LESP-ES) aims to improve the livelihoods and resilience to food insecurity of about 427,000 vulnerable rural smallholders in the three Eastern Sudan states Kassala, Gedaref and Red Sea. The planned interventions aim to strengthen the technical capacities of regional veterinary services through achieving three results: Technical capacities for coordinated epidemio-surveillance and control of trans-boundary animal diseases strengthened at state level Diagnostic capacity of veterinary laboratories and quarantine facilities at state and locality levels improved. Awareness […]
    Manal Hamid

    November 24th, 2016

    Success for savings and loan associations in North Darfur

    Fatima stoves Sudan
    People living in poverty in the conflict-stricken area of North Darfur face a severe shortage of money for household needs. They either endure the hardships or try to find someone to borrow money from. When it comes to women smallholders, they lack money for inputs and other cash needs in their household’s. To address this problem, saving is a way forward. Those who can save then have funds for unexpected needs in the household and for timely investment in groups. Practical […]
    Izdehar Ahmed Mohamed

    November 20th, 2016

    Why I am writing this for World Toilet Day

    Karen Bolo
    Yesterday I told one of my friends that I was writing a blog for World Toilet Day and he laughed at me! “You’re kidding? There is actually a World Toilet Day? What will they think of next?” I was left speechless and offended by his response. But I guess he doesn’t understand the significance. He’s never had to worry about having nowhere to go (except being caught short in a traffic jam on a motorway). Decent toilets are just there…they are part […]
    Gemma Hume

    November 19th, 2016

    Hand washing Day in Kassala communities

    Handwashing day Kassala
    On 15th October each year, Global Hand Washing Day is celebrated to motivate and mobilise people around the world to improve their hygiene habits by washing their hands with soap at critical times throughout each day. Washing your hands with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. In addition to using soap, proper sanitation awareness and drinking clean water […]
    Fatima Mahmoud A/Aziz

    November 19th, 2016

    Now we have ratified the Paris Agreement what next?

    The UK delegation stand at the recent COP22 in Marrakesh
    Today, the UK ratified the Paris climate agreement[1]. This means that we join a group of over 110 countries that have so far ratified a global agreement in record time, less than one year since its inception[2]. Last week on the 14th November, the Prime Minister, made a call. She said “Britain has ‘historic chance’ to give leadership to world”[3] Today, in Marrakesh, the climate change negotiations enter their final day, with the negotiations having been laboured unlike in Paris […]
    Colin McQuistan

    November 18th, 2016