Practical Action Blogs

    Girls into Global STEM – a new Erasmus Plus project

    Practical Action STEM challenges
    I am thrilled to be able to say that having received some EC funding from Erasmus Plus UK we are now able to get started on a new project called ‘ Girls into Global STEM’. The project aims to increase the number of young Europeans, especially girls, who choose to take STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)  subjects at school and ultimately go on to careers in STEM. It will take place in UK, Poland, Cyprus and Sweden and […]
    Julie Brown

    August 23rd, 2016

    50 technologies – the vote is in

    50 Logo CMYK
    We’re drawing our 50th anniversary year to a close at the end of August, by celebrating 50 successful technologies, which have had a huge impact on communities across the world. We asked our supporters to vote for their favourites and these are the three they chose. Take a look at more top technologies There was quite a wide range of response.  Rating technologies isn’t easy! And we’d love to hear your views as well in the comments below. How do you choose between […]
    Amanda Ross

    August 17th, 2016

    Using technology to go beyond the ‘Resilience’ buzzword

    Flooding in Bangladesh
    “Sustainable…Participatory…Resilience”…I have to admit that I hate buzzwords – they get thrown about so much that they can often lose their real meaning and ability to do any good. That is why to me the work of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is so important. The Alliance works not only to increase the resilience of communities to floods but also to determine once and for all what makes a community resilient? Resilience is complicated; there are hundreds of papers, discussions […]
    Adele Murphy

    August 8th, 2016

    5 Simple solutions that llama farmers love

    Martin Queso's prize winning llama
    Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to visit a number of Practical Action’s projects across Latin America. Not only was I overwhelmed by the colours, culture and pure grit of people living in some really challenging environments, but by the generosity and open friendship they showed when welcoming us into their homes. At an altitude of almost 4000m, high in the mountains of western Bolivia is the Jesús de Machaca municipality. With a population of roughly 400 people, a […]
    Stacey McNeill

    August 5th, 2016

    Determination leads to success

    Sushil Chaudhary and his poultry and pig farms.
    Sushil Chaudhary, a 22 years old young farmer, is a model farmer for the youth who are migrating towards the cities and Gulf countries in search of jobs and better earnings, instead of generating self-employment using own resources. Sushil lives along with his seven-member family in Hikmatpur Village Development Committee (VDC) of Kailali district in Far-Western Nepal with a small land holding, i.e. 0.1 ha (10914.60 square feet). The family source of income was only wage labouring and subsistence farming […]

    August 1st, 2016

    Innovative online monitoring of WASH in Bangladesh

    online monitoring
    If you are busy in the office, travelling, at home or wherever you are in the world you can watch great achievements! In a remote area of Bangladesh just 5 seconds ago a female leader put an update online with GPS location and engaging photographs about a hand washing device installed this morning. This is not a dream. In the cloud we are regularly updating the progress of the field activities of  the Community Approaches to Total Sanitation Project, (GoB-UNICEF-CATS ) part of the Energy and Urban Services […]

    July 28th, 2016

    Technology changing lives – Transformation of Surajpur, Gulariya from abysmal to a model village

    Mr. Pabitra Rana & Mrs. Gita Rana
    Jai Bageshwori is a small village located in Surajpur-11, Gulariya consisting of 24 households. Majority of the people were relocated during the Maoist insurgency period. Mr. and Mrs. Rana are one of them who were displaced from Jajarkot. Mr. Pabitra Rana recalls, “during the insurgency period, we didn’t have any options but to join the Maoist. I had my mom, dad and my little boy who was only 3 years old then, so for their security reason also I had […]
    Prabin Gurung

    July 25th, 2016

    Clean water and toilets for Nakuru school

    Jack Owino Nukuru
    Jack Owino is the Headteacher of a school in Nakuru, Kenya. He has worked there since 2012 and has worked with Practical Action and the Umande Trust to improve access to clean water, toilets and hygiene training for his 765 students. The students come from the nearby slums and Jack explains their home life as ‘difficult’. Most have little or no access to clean water and decent sanitation at home so it is important to Jack and his staff that […]
    Elizabeth Dunn

    July 20th, 2016

    Building resilience needs learning from the past and looking to the future

    woman surveys the damage to her home by the Nepal earthquake
    Let me start by writing about the recent disaster in Nepal in Bhote Koshi River that originates from Tibet (China). A sudden flood on 5 July 2016 damaged roads and houses along the river. The pictures from the field show that multi-storey houses were build at the foot of the fragile hills which were prone to flood at anytime. In April 2015, Nepal was struck by earthquake of 7.6 magnitude which damaged nearly 500,000 houses. Most of the damaged houses were weak […]

    July 17th, 2016

    Bren Hellier shortlisted for Global Educator of the Year!

    Bren Hellier, Practical Action
    We are very proud to announce that our very own Bren Hellier, Education Officer for Practical Action was recently shortlisted for Think Global’s  ‘Global Educator of the year’ award. We already know she is amazing but it was great to have this recognised by such a prestigious organisation which works with teachers and young people in the UK to help them develop their understanding of global issues and the action they can take towards a more just and sustainable world. Jo […]
    Julie Brown

    July 14th, 2016