Practical Action Blogs

    South Asia Right to Food Movement

    South Asia Right to Food conference
    Practical Action, Bangladesh has been participating in the South Asia Right to Food (SARF) Movement for over the last year and a half. There are about 250 national and international NGOs and about 300 individuals of civil society representatives, academics and researchers. The individual dignitaries are from different fields like economics, education, social development, right based issues (human, women and child rights) and food security, from Bangladesh as well as in South Asia. At present, 925 million people of the world do not get enough food to […]
    S M Alauddin

    July 30th, 2015

    Duck rice, water wheels and electricity from cow manure

    Ducks doing their stuff in a rice field
    This is my third blog from Nepal, written at the airport in Kathmandu waiting for my flight back home. It’s always great to visit our programmes and catch up with our staff. Here in Nepal people are gradually picking up again after the earthquakes and life seems to be getting back to normal, at least for those who were not too badly affected by the events of April and May. Our staff all seem in good heart and very busy. […]
    Simon Trace

    July 30th, 2015

    The business of the achieving the new SDGs

    Market in Jamuna char
    That the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been described as the ‘most inclusive process in the history of the UN’ seems worth celebrating…. even if a flip side is the daunting number of goals (17) and proposed targets. This inclusion has undoubtedly been a recognition that the scale and depth of the challenges needed extensive public, private and civil society engagement.  Unlike their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), this time round many businesses have been encouraged to have their […]
    Alison Griffith

    July 29th, 2015

    Energy Engagement Series Recap: “How can accelerating on-grid solutions help developing countries leapfrog to better electricity access?”

    Practical Action and the World Resources Institute (WRI) regularly host a Washington, DC based “Energy Engagement Series”. Our last event was hosted by WRI’s Joshua Ryor, and asked our attendees to discuss how accelerating on-grid solutions help developing countries leapfrog to better electricity access?”  Josh’s summary of the event begins below. The increase of variable renewable energy and other factors are causing changes worldwide in the centralized electricity grid. These changes are wide-ranging and include technology, system operation, business models, policy and regulation, […]
    Glen Burnett

    July 27th, 2015

    Update on the Nepal earthquake response

    Damage to old royal palace in Kathmandu
    This is my second blog during my current visit to Nepal. I came back to Kathmandu this afternoon after visits to projects in Chitwan district (down close to the Terai region of Nepal which abuts the plains of northern India) and to also see some of the earthquake response work we have been doing in Gorkha District in the middle hills. I will stick with the earthquake work for this blog and then return to the other projects for a later […]
    Simon Trace

    July 27th, 2015

    Leaving Practical Action – reflections, from a Kathmandu hotel room, on the last 10 years

    October this year will mark the completion of 10 years for me as Chief Executive of Practical Action. It has been a huge honour, joy and privilege for me to occupy this position and to work with such a fantastic and dedicated group of staff across the world. I remain enormously enthusiastic about Practical Action’s mission, the idea of technology justice, and all of our work. It’s my belief however that organisations need to refresh themselves from time to time […]
    Simon Trace

    July 24th, 2015

    Announcing our next Chief Executive

    Helena Molyneux is Chair of the Trustees of Practical Action This year we celebrate our 50th anniversary.  We will embark on the next stage of our journey with a new Chief Executive, Paul Smith Lomas.  Paul is currently Practical Action’s International Policy and Programmes Director leading our work in 45 countries where we enable women and men living in poverty to change their own lives by getting access to and using people-centred technologies that can make a real difference to […]
    Helena Molyneux

    July 24th, 2015

    The impact of technology on street food vendors – part 2

    street food vendors
    This is a continuation of ‘The impact of technology on street food vendors‘.  Part two covers technology disruption and investment considerations in the street food sector. In part one we learnt about technologies used in the sector, technology changes and emerging technologies along with their impact on work opportunities for the informal workers engaged in selling street food. Technological disruptions Technologies used for transportation in the street food vending sector are mostly, wooden and steel vans. These are manually operated, very heavy and hard […]
    S M Alauddin

    July 22nd, 2015

    The impact of technology on street food vendors

    street food1
    Thousands of informal labourers are involved in various types of street food vending in Dhaka, one of the most populous city of the world and the capital of Bangladesh, home to 15 million people. Hundreds of people migrate to Dhaka each year in search of work, driven by the opportunity of work as well as disasters and poverty that force them to migrate. Most of these people find shelter in  slums and start working in areas such as street food vending, rickshaw pulling or construction. […]
    S M Alauddin

    July 21st, 2015

    Happy Birthday to us!

    HRH The Prince of Wales with Grace Mukasa, David Nash, Thomas O'Loughlin and Verena Schumacher
    Last week I went to a rather unusual birthday party.  There was plenty of the ‘normal’ birthday party stuff  – lots of people came – all dressed up in their smart clothes, we had a cake and we sang ‘Happy Birthday’. What made it unusual was that it a party for an organisation rather than a person.  This year we’re celebrating 50 years of Practical Action’s work with technology challenging poverty.  To mark the event HRH The Prince of Wales, our patron, […]
    Paul Smith Lomas

    July 20th, 2015