Practical Action Blogs

    Flood early warning systems save lives and reduce losses

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    Despite making significant progress in social development, Bangladesh remains at high risk of natural disasters like flood, river erosion, cyclones, tidal surges and drought. Due to changing climate, all these are expected to increase in intensity and frequency. In addition, temperature, erratic monsoon rainfall, sea level and salinity intrusion are all expected to increase which will have a severe impact on lives, livelihoods and food security, particularly for poor people in Bangladesh. Thus, working to help them adapt is a […]
    Mokhlesur Rahman

    December 1st, 2015

    More than a toilet

    Shalik Ram Murau is a happy man to have a toilet of his own. (c) Practical Action/Swarnima Shrestha
    When we crossed the streets of Baji Persia of Gulariya Municipality to reach Shalik Ram’s house in Neelkamal Tole, the only thing that bothered us was the billows of dust behind our vehicle. Unlike villages in the terai, the southern plains of Nepal, the pathway was neat and clean, with no signs of pile of poos – and no bad smell either. Shalik Ram Murau’s small family comprising two young sons and wife live in a long house, a not […]
    Sanjib Chaudhary

    November 30th, 2015

    Will COP21 deliver a Paris Protocol?

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    Have the global negotiations for a new climate agreement switched from a marathon to an egg and spoon race? We are now in the final leg of the marathon negotiations for a new climate agreement. At the last meeting in Bonn, the negotiators were expected to intensify their pace, but by the end of the meeting it was clear no one had sped up, if anything the pace had slowed. We are now entering the final sprint to the line. […]
    Colin McQuistan

    November 25th, 2015

    What if you don’t have a toilet, build one now !

    Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes. E. F. Schumacher The curiosity was quiet evident on the faces of hundreds of people knowing the fact that, they were being gathered to celebrate World Toilet Day. People in general do not like to talk about ‘shit’ and that has been a global challenge now. Amidst the number of popular days such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Water Day and many others we […]
    Ananta Prasad

    November 23rd, 2015

    Planners must focus on faecal sludge management

    With cut throat competition among Indian cities to become Smart Cities, there have been many aspects of urban planning which need to be addressed and adhered to. As per the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP 2010), India contributes to 58% of the world’s population defecating in the open. And according to census in 2011, an overwhelming 170,000 households (48.33 per cent) or 800,500 people in the slums of Odisha defecate in the open. A massive campaign by the Swachh Bharat Mission has, however, […]
    Ananta Prasad

    November 23rd, 2015

    World Toilet Day 2015: good news and bad news

    Beautiful toilet
    But Mummy, I CAAAAN’T WAIT – the familiar cry for anyone with children. Fortunately we live in a place where a safe, clean toilet our children can easily use, with soap and water on hand, is never far away. But this basic human right is not available to everyone. #wecantwait is the theme for this year’s World Toilet Day on 19th November. BAD NEWS: The 2015 JMP report finds that 2.4 billion people are still without access to improved sanitation […]

    50 years of Practical Action

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    Practical Action is celebrating our 50th Anniversary. We’re celebrating working together with people, huge impact, great technological innovation, people’s lives changed. For me it’s the stories of those individuals who have worked together with Practical Action that are the real testament to our work. People like John who I met in Gwanda, Zimbabwe and who started working with us in January this year. Rainfall in Zimbabwe is increasingly erratic and he wanted to know about planting techniques that would increase […]
    Margaret Gardner

    November 9th, 2015

    A centuries old fisheries governance system is alive and well

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    Much effort has been made to build sustainable governance for fisheries. However, fisheries resources are still in grave peril, consequently, the livelihoods of fishers are negatively affected. Governing common pool resources continues to be a challenge and thus far has proved a failure and a disappointment. Some argue that “the solution” for governing common pool resources is privatization. Of them, fisheries are a much talked about subject. Contrary to this view, small scale fishers in some places have demonstrated their […]
    Erwin Rathnaweera

    November 8th, 2015

    Sumit Dugar of Practical Action Consulting is awarded the young scientist award

    Sumit Dugar from PAC Nepal has just been awarded the young scientist award at the annual conference of the international society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) 2015 for his paper on PAC’s Disaster Risk Reduction work in Nepal : How Often Will a 1 in a 1000 Year Flood Occur – The 2014 Karnali Flood in West Nepal      
    Vicky Erickson

    November 6th, 2015

    Contributing to the elaboration of the National Plan of Action on Gender and Climate Change in Peru

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    One of the most important outcomes of the COP20 in Peru last year was the development of the Lima Work Program on Gender and Climate Change which establishes a plan of activities to promote gender sensitivity in climate change policy and practice. Inspired by diverse discussions around gender at the 2014 COP, the Government of Peru took the ambitious decision to develop a National Plan of Action on Gender and Climate Change (PAGCC); a unique effort among South American countries. […]
    Lili Ilieva

    November 4th, 2015