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Completed projects

We have a long history of project work in Southern Africa. Here is a selection of recent key projects.

Mainstreaming Livelihood-Centred Approaches to Disaster Management

Community-driven approaches drawing upon local knowledge and using appropriate technologies are effective in protecting vulnerable communities. Practical Action Southern Africa investigated and applied such methods through a five year project that also operated in Bangladesh and Peru.

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Enhancing food and livelihoods security

Case studies and reports from a project to enhance the food and livelihood security of vulnerable communities in drought prone areas of Zimbabwe through increasing practical opportunities for improved food production and livelihoods in rural Gwanda, Matobo, Bulilima and Mangwe districts in the va...

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Improving the livelihood options of vulnerable rural poor communities in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe

Started in 2006 this European Commission funded project, known as the EC Block Grant (BG), aimed to improve the livelihood options of vulnerable rural poor communities in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe.

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Mainstreaming climate change adaptation in Zimbabwe’s extension system

The project aims to integrate climate change adaptation in the Department of Agricultural, Technical and Extension Services (AGRITEX) who are mandated to deliver agricultural extension in Zimbabwe.

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Employment creation through SMEs

The Bulawayo Light Engineering Project provided an avenue for small-scale entrepreneurs in Bulawayo and the broader Matabeleland Province to create economic self-reliance. This was achieved through a service centre where artisans hire time on precision machinery, as well as Business Shop, where c...

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Promoting Examples of Participatory Local Empowerment in Urban Planning (PEOPLE UP)

A Practical Action project in Mutare and Epworth to improve the living conditions of poor and marginalised urban and peri-urban residents by accessing and sustaining basic municipal and infrastructure services.

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Energising the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) - Setting the Enabling Environment (E-MINDSET)

Energy plays a crucial role in sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts. It affects all aspects of development; social, economic, and environmental, including livelihoods, access to water, agricultural productivity, health, education, and gender-related issues. Whilst improved access...

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Rehabilitation of rural water points and participatory health and hygiene education

This project has improved access to water and sanitation facilities in some of the country's rural communities. This project started off in August 2003 and has been implemented in four phases now covering a total of 21 districts. The Community-Based Management (CBM) concept has been successfully ...

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Catalysing modern energy service delivery to marginal communities in Southern Africa (regional hydro)

This five-year project, funded by the European Commission, aimed to rehabilitate six existing micro hydro schemes and establish nine new ones, targeting the mountainous regions of Manica in Mozambique, Mulanje in Malawi and Manicaland in Zimbabwe - where a combination of rugged terrain and perenn...

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Green Business Award - Energy

In November 2013, Practical Action won the Green Business Award, for our work in renewable energy.

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GENEZ - Gender and Energy Network of Zimbabwe

Gender and Energy Network of Zimbabwe (GENEZ) is a networking initiative which intends to engender energy access issues and intends to empower women by bridging the gap between men and women on issues of energy.

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Technology Forum

Technology is widely acknowledged among other factors as a leading instrument for poverty reduction. Gaining full access to technology which is appropriate to local capabilities and needs is essential if people are to be able to make more effective use of the resources available to them and play ...

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Responding to New Technologies

To enable poor people to assess and respond to the challenges of new technologies, and to develop, adapt and adopt applications that improve their livelihoods. We will: Enable poor people to assess the opportunities and threats presented by new technologies Identify and test pote...

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Completed projects - archive

As well as recently-completed projects, we also have information on older projects in Southern Africa.

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Current projects

Read about Practical Action's programmes in Energy, Agriculture and Water & Waste

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Case studies archive

Historical case studies from past Southern Africa projects

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