Practical Action in Nepal
Practical Action (then Intermediate Technology) started its work in Nepal in 1979. For almost two decades Practical Action was mainly involved in micro-hydro sector by developing and transferring technologies, building the capabilities of local manufacturers, imparting knowledge and skills to the rural entrepreneurs, and advocating for appropriate policies and institutions.
After the establishment of the Country Office in 1998, Practical Action Nepal diversified its activities in the energy programme from micro-hydro to other forms of renewable energy and expanded into the new technology areas of agro-processing, rural transport and disaster management.
Currently, together with partner organisations, Practical Action is contributing towards sustaining life and livelihoods of the poor by providing technological options in the areas of food security, adaptation to climate change, disaster management, improving market access for small producers, maximising benefits from energy and alternative transport services, clean air actions, and waste management and sanitation for sustainable urban environment.
Practical Action is committed to contribute to the national objective of poverty reduction by addressing both priorities identified in the Nepal Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and the Millinnium Development Goals (MDGs). Its programmes in Nepal are driven by the needs of both the rural and urban poor. Practical Action works in partnership with non-government and private sector organisations through a General Agreement and separate Project Agreements with the Social Welfare Council of the Government of Nepal.