Practical Action Eastern Africa Regional Office has been delivering technology as its niche in the region for over 25 years. Throughout the period, we have leveraged best practices learnt that yield high impact at scale into our programmes.


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East Africa annual report 2013-14

Once again, Practical Action Eastern Africa is celebrating the impacts it has made in 2013-14; we are proud to report that our activities have enabled many poor people in the region to use technology to fight poverty.

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Our work

We deliver our work through three goal areas; Universal access to energy, Food security, agriculture and disaster risk reduction, and Urban water, sanitation and waste management services. In addition to these goal areas, we have three cross-cutting themes: Gender and social Inclusion, Climate change and Market systems development.

Universal access to energy

Increasing access to modern energy services for cooking, lighting, communication and productive uses for poor households in Eastern Africa.

We aim to promote access to equitable modern energy services across the region where poor women and men make informed choices to access appropriate and affordable energy technologies and services. We promoting viable and efficient energy technologies with a focus on renewable household energies and decentralized energy systems.

Read more about our Access to energy programme

Food security, agriculture and disaster risk reduction

Scaling up work on resilience to disasters and maximising the impacts of devolved governance

We develop systems for food production and improved livelihood security, to improve the access of poor people in fragile rural environments to technologies, skills and natural resources that contribute to food security and sustainable livelihoods; and strengthen the capacity of vulnerable people to cope with disasters.

Key information on this programme:

  • Food Security, Agriculture and Disaster Risk Reduction (FADRR) overview
  • Practical Action Eastern Africa FADRR capability statement
  • The greening of Namoroputh

Read more about our Food, Agriculture and DRR programme

Water, sanitation and waste management services

Increasing access to adequate water and sanitation facilities, in particular in urban areas

We aim to ensure that poor urban dwellers live in a healthier and wealthier urban environment. We believe that this will also reduce women’s workload and enhance their safety. We are targeting urban poor and vulnerable groups, women and children, HIV/AIDS groups, the disabled, elderly and unemployed urban youth.

Key work in recent years includes:

  • Improved water and sanitation services in Mukuru, Nairobi
  • Peoples' Plans Into Practice, Kisumu and Kitale
  • Total sanitation in Nakuru slums

Read more about our Urban water and waste programme

Where we work

Practical Action's work is spread across three clusters set in the northern, central, and southern parts of Kenya.

Regional and field office addresses

Practical Answers

Our technical information service offers free downloads of practical information on a range of development topics.

We also have a technical enquiry service where anyone working in poverty reduction, or on small-scale technology projects, can ask a question and receive a response from our local experts free of charge


Practical Action Consulting Eastern Africa (PAC EA) takes lessons learned from the work of Practical Action and deliver projects to clients across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland, covering key issues such as renewable energy, climate change and market development.

Case studies

Case studies illustrate the work of Practical Action in Eastern Africa:

We also have an extensive archive of case studies and news reports from past projects


Practical Action Eastern Africa has published a wide range of books and documents based on our work, including annual reports, technical briefs and project findings.

Browse our document library

Contact us

Practical Action, 1st flr, Methodist Ministries Centre, Bishop Mng'ong'o Wing, Block C, Oloitokitok Road, off Gitanga Road
Postal address: PO Box 39493-00623, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 (0) 20 2595311/5 | Fax: +254 (0) 20 2595316 | @PracticAct | Email:

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