Practical Action Blogs

    Energy market development and scaling up

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    To increase access to clean fuels and spread the benefits to health and environment, Practical Action is scaling up by using the Participatory Market System Development Approach (PMSD). This approaches involves all actors and stake holders in a dialogue with communities to discuss barriers and ways to overcome these barriers to further develop market systems for LPG as a clean fuel. Workshops were held at state and federal levels with government agencies and ministries, the private sector, LPG companies, LPG […]
    Izdehar Ahmed Mohamed

    February 14th, 2017

    8 steps to make farmers flood resilient

    Vegetable farming in a plastic tunnel at Anantapur, Rajapur Municipality, Bardiya.
    — By Buddhiram Kumal  & Dinanath Bhandari Building on the strength of the farmers’ field schools (FFS), Nepal Flood Resilience Project has devised the FFS to train and help farmers further to adopt flood resilient technologies, strategies and approaches to transform their vulnerability into resilience. Here’s how we are making farmers flood resilient through this academy for flood resilience. 1. Organising to learn Farmers’ field schools are proven approaches and strategies to help farmers learn and adopt new technologies and […]
    Dinanath Bhandari

    February 7th, 2017

    Can Climate Information Services be mapped? 

    Weather, climate variability and climate change
    “This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather”.  Groundhog day 1993 Practical Action has been approached by a consortia of partners to explore the issue of Climate Information Services in West Africa. We have been posed the question “Is it possible to map the Climate Information Services system in the region and would mapping help to make the system work better for rain fed marginalised farmers?” This is partly […]
    Colin McQuistan

    February 2nd, 2017

    STEM is for Girls – People like me

    Launch of People like me goes digital, WISE
    I want to spread the word about a really great initiative from WISE ( Women In Science and Engineering)  which was launched today at CE Technologies in Slough.  Working through volunteers around the country People Like me focuses on helping girls aged 11-14 realise that the aptitude and skills they have are needed for careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), careers that girls in particular do not always believe they are suited too. The scale of the problem was highlighted by Helen Wollaston, […]
    Julie Brown

    Slough, UK, Slough | February 1st, 2017

    Improving latrine usage in Darasta

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    The Aqua4East project in Telkok is working towards its communities becoming Open Defecation Free (ODF).  This will be achieved through practical activities such as latrine construction, burying faeces and keeping compounds and stream beds clean. The project is encouraging the Darasta community to use the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach. The group which was trained in these methods noted an improvement in latrine construction and encouraged people to build their own household latrines. In the past other organizations built latrines for some households but they were […]

    January 31st, 2017

    Towards pro-poor innovation systems for sustainable energy

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    This article is informed by research conducted at Practical Action’s Southern Africa offices in Harare, Zimbabwe as part of a work-based placement at the University of Edinburgh. Distributed renewables for access The ongoing energy poverty that leaves 1.2 billion people in the world without access to electricity, and 2.7 billion people relying on traditional biomass for cooking is one of the great injustices of our time. Innovation systems need to shift in order to ensure the goal of enabling universal […]

    January 27th, 2017

    An interview with Nazmul Islam Chowdhury

    "A small dream is now a big dream" Nazmul Chowdhury
    The Pumpkins Against Poverty appeal has been a major success, raising an incredible £1 million from people just like you.  This was then matched pound for pound by the UK Government. Almost every year monsoon rains cause the three major rivers of Bangladesh to swell, resulting in devastating floods.  They wash away fertile land and destroy homes and livelihoods.  Families are forced to find a new place to live and a new means of earning a living without land to […]
    Elizabeth Dunn

    January 12th, 2017

    What if preparedness action was informed by forecasts?

    Imagine if we had forecast information that a flood disaster was likely to strike a particular location and we could anticipate the rain coming but were unable to do anything in that small window of opportunity. It would make sense if we were able to take early action and help vulnerable communities prepare before a disaster event based upon the available forecast information. Forecast based Financing (FbF) is a niche concept in the humanitarian sector that allows us to take […]

    Communities building resilience

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    Bangladesh has a population of 16 million in a small area. It is on a journey with the aim of becoming a developed country. Apart from the challenges and barriers, Bangladesh has become better known globally for using  effective measures to build more resilient communities. Being a delta country, Bangladesh is vulnerable to natural hazards such as floods, riverbank erosion, cyclones and drought. All these hazards are expected to increase in intensity and frequency under a changing climate. In addition, increased temperature, erratic monsoon rainfall, sea […]

    January 9th, 2017

    Participatory market systems development

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    Kassala Talkok village is a place where many people produce and innovate. But there is one big problem – they do not know how to market their products. To address this Practical Action Sudan organised a workshop centered on the concepts and application methods of Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD), as part of the Aqua 4 East project. The rationale behind this training is the need to expand the understanding of project participants about their own obstacles and constraints in order to […]
    Fatima Mahmoud A/Aziz

    January 6th, 2017