Practical Action Blogs

    Involving women in water projects in Talkok

    women's participation Sudan
    The DfID funded Aqua 4 East water and sanitation (WASH) project in Talkok aims to increase women’s participation in its project activities despite the status of women in the locality. Women’s participation in WASH projects can have many benefits. It can contribute to the achievement of specific objectives regarding the functioning and use of facilities and also to the of wider development goals. Their participation can also be of both direct and indirect benefit to the women themselves. The potential contribution of […]
    Entisar Mustafa

    December 19th, 2016

    Zai pit technology increasing yields in Mutasa

    Enneta Kudumba showing her harvest
    Enneta Kudumba is one of the many farmers in Mutasa district, Manicaland Province who have successfully employed new farming technologies and methods to enhance their harvests given the detrimental effects of climate change. 54 year old Enneta from Nyachibva Village explains. “I have been growing maize on large pieces of land for years, but with limited satisfaction due to erratic rainfall patterns. However, I am happy that the zai pit technology has brought fortunes and my productivity has improved.” Zimbabwe, […]
    Martha Munyoro Katsi

    December 15th, 2016

    Why we should invest in disaster management

    voice messages for DRR Bogra
    Prioritise weather forecasting and early warning for local communities by Md. A. Halim Miah, Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan and Dr. Faruk Ul Islam Disaster management in Bangladesh has been transformed from disaster response and recovery to a risk reduction model. However though policy and law have been formulated based on the risk reduction model, policy priority is still required in many areas both in quality and quantitative improvement, such as shifting risk governance from centralized systems to people’s empowerment and redirecting disaster investment from response […]
    Halim Miah

    December 14th, 2016

    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