Practical Action Blogs

    Advanced Early Warning Systems Protect Lives and Livelihoods in Nepal

    An innovative flood early warning system grants life-saving hours of preparation to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. In July, 2016 this system alerted 13,000 people to impending floods 3 hours before the traditional warning system was triggered. Nepal is one of the one most flood-exposed countries in the world, and the people who live in the Karnali River basin are also among the most vulnerable. More of the world’s poor live in this area than in any other […]

    October 12th, 2017

    Improving understanding of flooding and resilience in Nepal

    In Nepal, accurate understanding of flood risk is limited by inaccurate or outdated information. Five innovative techniques have been used by Practical Action and partners to address these challenges and share the information with communities and government authorities. This blog outlines these five techniques, which are detailed in full in this report. Rivers originating from the Himalaya are a vital resource for around 10% of the global population. The rivers irrigate land, supporting the agricultural livelihoods of communities living across […]

    October 12th, 2017

    Fiji’s Vision for COP23

    In just over one months’ time the world will focus on the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The global gathering at which progress on combatting climate change will be debated, progress reviewed and hopefully ambitious plans to tackle the challenge will be agreed, supported with the necessary finance and support to put this ambition into practice. This year Fiji holds the presidency for the COP meeting[1] and […]

    September 29th, 2017

    Global Project Ideas

    Global Project Ideas from Practical Action
    Personally I don’t think there could be a better way of engaging young people with issues around poverty than giving them the opportunity to explore potential solutions themselves. If you agree then you will be pleased to know we have some new resources to help student do exactly that!!   Our Global Project ideas provide inspiring starting point for projects, with a focus on how STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)  skills can help us achieve the Global Goals, or sustainable […]

    September 29th, 2017

    Energy and forced displacement

    Due to conflicts and environmental change, we are currently witnessing the highest number of displaced people since recorded history. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) there are over 65 million displaced people in the world, with more than 21 million living in refugee camps. This is the highest number of displaced people in recorded history. Historically, the application of humanitarian principles of protection and assistance in contexts of forced displacement has focused on the provision of shelter, food, water, […]

    September 25th, 2017

    A step forward for women’s empowerment

    Livestock Epidemic Surveillance Programme (LESP) , funded by the European Community aims to improve awareness and skills of rural livestock producers and other stakeholders in animal health and production.  It is supporting this community initiative in collaboration with the Animal Resources Directorate in Wassat.  They have formed more than 200 women pastoralist committees covering most of the villages in the region, which have been registered as official committees. In addition they helped obtain finance from banks with direct support from the Sudan […]

    September 25th, 2017

    Big change starts with a small technology- Aashkol

    Since independence, having had massive development interventions for women empowerment in Bangladesh, but still rural people perceived that technology is something that needs to be handled by men. Similarly, entrepreneurship is believed to men’s sphere. However, aiming to bring some changes in these gendered domains, under EC- PRSIM project (funded by European Commission), we have distributed Aashkol (jute fiber extraction machine) through a joint entrepreneurship model (one male and female member can take lease of the machine fro 3 years). […]

    September 20th, 2017

    Resilience in the face of increasing risk and uncertainty

    Practical Action’s strategic plan 2017-2020 states “Our vision is for a world where all people have access to the technologies that enable them to meet their basic needs and reach their potential, in a way that safeguards the planet today, and for future generations”. But with development gains being eroded by natural hazards, I sometimes wonder if we are fighting a losing battle? According to the Economist, there are now 400 extreme weather events every year, four times as many […]

    September 14th, 2017

    Coping disasters beyond the border : Nepal-India cross-border flood early warning system

    Written by: Dinanath Bhandari, Buddhi Kumal, Lok Narayan Pokhrel and Kamal Tripathi Saving lives from flood disasters beyond the border is possible through early warning systems. It is demonstrated successfully in three river basins between India and Nepal. Bilateral cooperation at government level could make greater changes. While many governments are sharing information on cyclones and are helping in taking preventive measures, south Asian countries are yet to root their efforts in working together to save their people. However, civil society […]

    September 12th, 2017

    Prospects and challenges of introducing new sheep variety

    Whenever, we try to introduce new technology or new approach in our work, we provide special emphasis on our monitoring work. Recently, one of our MEL team members visited Thanahat union in Chilmar Upazila and interacted with 4 beneficiary households who have received improved sheep variety supports from Pumpkin against Poverty (PaP) Project. The visit has come across number of issues such as sheep rearing practices, challenges going through by the beneficiary, profit they are anticipating and obviously future planning […]

    September 12th, 2017