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Practical Action is an international NGO, working directly in four regions of the developing world – Latin America, East Africa, Southern Africa and South Asia, with particular concentration on Peru, Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. We have over 100 active projects, and in 2009-10 worked with 943,000 direct beneficiaries.
What we do
Through our international work, we demonstrate alternatives, share knowledge and influence change. We aim to tackle the underlying causes of poverty by campaigning to influence policies, institutions and processes, and so achieve greater and more lasting impact from our work.
Practical Action was founded in 1966, as ITDG (the Intermediate Technology Development Group), by the radical economist Dr EF Schumacher to prove that his philosophy of ‘Small is Beautiful’ could bring real and sustainable improvements to people’s lives.
With our commitment to poverty reduction, environmental conservation and technology choice we think Practical Action is uniquely placed to contribute to a world free of poverty.
There are enormous challenges of providing access to modern energy services for the rural poor. A lack of financial resources is not the only constraint; there are numerous other barriers including a lack of technology, a lack of financial mechanisms, and in particular a lack of capacity in the l...Read more
The EMMA toolkit is a guidance manual for humanitarian staff in sudden-onset emergencies. It aims to improve emergency responses by encouraging and assisting relief agencies to better understand, support and make use of local market-systems in disaster zones.Read more
Energy has important connections with earning a living for poor people, but the benefits are not automatic.This interactive infographic explores the key steps and additional support factors it can take to improve incomes through modern energy access and use. Roll your mouse over the diagram to le...Read more
The presence of Practical Action in eastern Africa dates back to mid 1980s when it was registered as a local NGO in Kenya, Intermediate Technology (IT). It has since transformed into a regional office to cover the greater Eastern Africa region.Read more
Practical Action’s values - justice, sustainability, diversity, democracy, and empowerment - describe the components that need to be in place to realise a just and sustainable food system.Read more
A case study from rural Mozambique showing the impact of provision of improved access to water and sanitation, including safe drinking water from a solar water reticulation system.Read more
The Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development
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