What we do

We use technology to challenge poverty, working with poor women and men around the world.


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Technical information

Browse and download information on appropriate technologies from our Technical Information Service, or ask a question to our team of experts.

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Technology justice

We believe that technology justice is vital to developing a just and sustainable world.

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Where we work

World map showing where we work Regions where Practical Action works World map showing where we work Western Africa Eastern Africa Southern Africa South Asia UK Head Office Peru; Latin America regional office Kenya; Eastern Africa regional office Zimbabwe; Southern Africa regional office Nepal; South Asia regional office UK head office Bolivia Sudan Rwanda India Bangladesh West Africa Latin America Western Africa Eastern Africa Southern Africa South Asia UK Head Office

Latin America

In Peru and Bolivia, we help communities set up small-scale technological solutions in remote areas where there is no access to basic services, including electricity, heating, clean water and sanitation.

West Africa

Building on our recent extension of consultancy work into west Africa, Practical Action has recently set up an office in Senegal to deliver impact at scale in Francophone west Africa.

Eastern Africa

Our offices in Kenya and Sudan work with communities to develop practical solutions in energy, agriculture and urban water and waste, reducing the impact of conflict and disasters. A new office in Rwanda is extending our consultancy and technical information services in the region.

Southern Africa

Our Southern Africa office works primarily in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, with an emphasis on improving access to clean drinking water and better sanitation in urban slums, increasing the productivity of smallholders in arid regions, and increasing energy access in rural and urban areas.

South Asia

From offices in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, Practical Action addresses the diverse problems facing poor communities in South Asia, in particular concentrating on agriculture, disaster risk reduction and urban waste and sanitation.

UK office

Practical Action's head office in the UK provides assistance to all other regional and country offices in the areas of finance, capacity building, technical support and marketing, helping local offices to focus on the main objectives of poverty alleviation.

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