Practical Action Blogs

    STEM careers in International Development

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    Do you have students who are interested in the big global challenges we are facing? Do they  want to help find the solution to climate change and having enough food for everyone on the planet? If so a career in International Development could be for them. My STEM(Science, Technology , engineering and Maths) job at  Practical Action,  is to produce education materials to help students discover how STEM can be used to reduce poverty around the world. Other people I work with have […]

    March 15th, 2017

    Life as a Barefoot Agro-vet; Govinda Khadka’s Story

    Govinda Khadka providing barefoot agro-vet service on an urgent call by fellow villager at night
    Things were bleak for Govinda Khadka (47) of Gajra village in Achham District a few years back. After being a primary school teacher for over a decade until 2014, Khadka quit his job due to low remuneration and instability. Before being a school teacher, he was a migrant worker alike most of his fellow villagers. He lived and worked as a labour in India for many years. His meagre income never paid enough for his family of five including his […]

    March 14th, 2017

    Knowledge matters and it empowers

    Bhumisara Poudel is happy with her vermicompost venture. She happily shares her knowledge with others.
    Three female Muscovy ducks were splashing in greenish water kept in a small concrete tub when we reached Bhumisara Poudel’s house. The drake was tethered to a post near the coop and the area was covered with a mosquito net. Nearby, a manure yard measuring 6 ft x 4 ft made from cement blocks was also covered with a mosquito net. I wondered why they had mosquito nets everywhere around the manure yard. “The net stops rats and moles from […]

    March 13th, 2017

    Margaret Kariuku — A self-established businesswoman

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    Margaret Kariuku is a Kenyan woman who has not had the easiest path to success. As a mother of four, she has struggled to find a stable income to provide for herself and her children. “Three times, I have had to start again. Three times, I have had to rebuild my livelihood. It all begun in 2005, when I stopped working as a secretary in Nakuru town. I thought that I would get my life sorted, but as fate would […]

    March 10th, 2017

    Kamala Joshi — A woman who broke the cycle of discrimination

    Mother’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. Not because of all the festivities or pastries (which I don’t mind!), but because it reminds me of all the amazing women I have met, but I haven’t had a chance to tell you about yet. Meet Kamala Joshi, a Nepalese single-mother who, like many other women in rural communities, got married in her early twenties. She had a baby soon after wedlock, sadly, her husband left her shortly […]

    March 9th, 2017

    Factors that instill Technology into our lives

    Technology should save cash. Households reduced their monthly expenditure on energy freeing resources for other needs. Technology should be affordable: Price matters. As anticipated, the technology we offer is highly connected to their price. If it is affordable, adaptation will be rapid. Price can range from free to unaffordable based on individual household’s income status. Only the technologies that are within the affordable finance will see the light of the day, that too with efforts by development agents. Poor the […]

    March 9th, 2017

    Women at the heart of the development agenda – interview with Farida Bascha

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    Farida Bascha joined Practical Action as Eastern Africa Regional Director in January 2017 and is a strong advocate for Gender equity and women’s rights. We caught up with her prior to the International Women’s Day to learn more about her and her thoughts about women and development. Hi Farida, Congratulations and welcome to Practical Action! Can you tell us little bit about your background? Thank you, I’m really excited about this opportunity! My mother once joked that my faith and […]

    March 7th, 2017

    3 A’s of sustainable and affordable access to modern energy: Smart Energy Access

    Improving energy access has been in the agenda for quite some time in the Agenda of development partners – State, donors and civil society. After the UN Secretary General called of Sustainable Energy Access for All (SEforAll in 2012), the agenda got hyped in almost all development partners menu. With its integration in Sustainable Development Goal, it has firmly established as one of development agenda worldwide. Awareness, affordability and availability are described here as three pillars of energy access that […]

    March 1st, 2017

    Can agroecology disrupt agriculture to achieve the SDGs?

    Women farming in Nepal
    Agriculture is back in the spotlight of development efforts, and is seen as central to achieving many of the interdependent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and achieving the mitigation and adaptation targets of the Paris Agreement on climate change. With the global population expected to grow to over 9 billion by 2050, coupled with the negative impacts of climate change on agricultural production, a serious strain is being placed on the sector. This is exacerbated by the concentration of extreme poverty […]

    February 27th, 2017

    Making climate Information services work for poor farmers in Africa?

    94% of farming in sub Saharan Africa is rain fed and highly susceptible to drought
    Next week in Cape Town the African climate and weather forecasting community will gather for the fifth global conference on Climate Information Services (CIS). A conference organised to share knowledge between climatologists, meteorologists and practitioners in key sectors such as agriculture, water, and health etc., sectors that can be better planned and managed if access to up to the minute climate information is available. Over the last decade there has been considerable investment in improving the technology, equipment and capacity […]