- Universal access to energy Increasing access to modern energy services for poor households in Eastern Africa
- Food security, agriculture and disaster risk reduction Scaling up work on resilience to disasters and maximising the impacts of devolved governance
- Urban services: water, sanitation and waste management services increasing access to adequate water and sanitation facilities
- Gender and Social Inclusion addressing gender inequity/inequality on how communities access technology and services
- Climate Change build the capacity of vulnerable people in Eastern Africa to adapt to the impacts of climate chan...
- Market systems development building ‘prosperous communities within Eastern Africa’ region through sustainable market systems
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. We deliver our work through three Goal areas:
- Universal access to energy will increase access to modern energy services for cooking, lighting, communication and productive uses for poor households in Eastern Africa.
- Food security, Agriculture and Disaster Risk Reduction will scale up work on resilience to disasters, community based extension and maximising the impacts of devolved governance and funding.
- Water, sanitation and waste management services for urban dwellers will seek to increase access to basic services such as adequate water and sanitation facilities.
In addition to our Goals, we have three cross-cutting themes. These include: Gender and social Inclusion, Climate Change and Market Systems Development.
We also have two arms through which we scale up our operations and models from our work and that of others: Practical Action Consulting through which we will replicate knowledge generated from our programmes outside our operational areas to others; and
Practical Answers, a demand-driven free-of-charge service, provides customised information and knowledge products to individual enquirers through different media and formats.
Grace Mukasa is the Regional Director.
You can see the latest photos of our projects in Kenya and the poor people that are benefiting from them on our Flickr page.
Gender and social inclusion
Deliberately address gender inequity/inequality and other socio-economic determinants of poor wellbeing that impact on how individuals enjoy good life and how communities access technology and services
A leader in promoting effective and equitable adaptation practice and technology and low carbon approaches.
Market Systems Development
Developing inclusive markets to enable the poor to access inputs, services and value for their products; develop innovative models for sustainable partnerships with private sector to promote financial inclusion services for the poor; influence development of inclusive markets by Governments, Donors and NGO based on Participatory Market Systems Development; pilot development of inclusive agribusiness markets systems to learn and enrich Participatory Market Systems Development roadmap
Practical Action Eastern Africa received accolades and recognition during various events in the quarter. Innovative initiatives for example Water for Life project, implemented by Practical Action in partnership with Kenya Climate Justice Women Champions targeting women and their role in management of water resources and participation in climate proof livelihood activities is a great example. A new project that seeks to scale up the production and marketing of waste briquettes as a viable and affordable alternative cooking energy source was also funded in the same quarter. A great example of how the Delegated Management Model (DMM) as a technical and management approach has had an impact on the lives of urban residents has been illustrated well in the just closed PPP project. This and much more…Find out more
Practical Action Partners with Arid Lands Information Network
Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) is an International NGO that facilitates information and knowledge exchange to and between extension workers or infomediaries and arid lands communities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The information exchange activities focus on small-scale sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation, natural resources management and other livelihood issues.
Practical Action Eastern Africa and Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) Kenya have mutually used each other’s comparative advantage to enhance dissemination of knowledge products and services. In particular, Practical Action has used the ALIN Maarifa Centres to disseminate knowledge products and services.
The initiative has seen the capacity of Maarifa Centre staff built in handling and responding to enquiries on different themes.On the oother hand ALIN has documented best practices of model farmers who used Practical Action’s knowledge products and services to improve their farming and livelihoods.
New Knowledge Products in Eastern Africa
You can view a presentation prepared and presented by Michael Newhouse on the Rwanda Rocket Stoves Initiative.