Practical Action is committed to poverty alleviation in Nepal by providing appropriate technology in a sustainable way by bringing sound technical knowledge and global experience to the field of appropriate technology development.
The guiding principles of Practical Action South Asia Regional Office are technology justice, innovation and scaling up.
During the 2012-17 strategic period, we have prioritised working areas into four main sectors and two cross-cutting sectors, realising our comparative advantages in these sectors.
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Access to energy
The Energy programme in Nepal plans to increase access to energy in lightning, and clean and efficient technologies for cooking, benefiting 150,000 rural populations.
Agriculture, markets and food security
This programme strives to bring a visible impact on food security situation in rural areas through improving the agricultural input technology, increasing access to smallholders' friendly irrigation scheme, and market system development.
Urban water, waste and sanitation
The programme aims to improve the health of 150,000 urban residents, through increased awareness, providing access to safe drinking water, better sanitation facilities, waste services and proper solid waste management, and practicing safe hygiene behaviours.
Disaster risk reduction
Practical Action's works in the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) sector intends to save lives, livelihoods and properties of women and men residing in the vulnerable parts of the country by building their resilience.
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 (PAC) Asia offers high quality development consultancy services in Nepal, Bangladesh, north east and west India, Bhutan and other region wide projects. It also offers indirect delivery capabilities through partners in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
On 25 April 2015 a massive earthquake hit Nepal. Many people we work with in three of our projects in Gorkha, Pokhara and Kathmandu were seriously affected. Our staff delivered emergency help with sanitation, hygiene, drinking water, energy and shelter, and we are now planning reconstruction.
We are helping people rebuild their houses with earthquake resilient technologies, and we will continue to support communities to be resilient in the future, with infrastructure work for drinking water, sanitation and energy, and disaster-preparedness.
Where we work
Our Nepal head office is in Kathmandu. We have regional offices in Chitwan and Nepalgunj, Banke, and field offices in Doti.
Practical Action's work in Nepal is managed as part of our South Asia regional office, which is also in Kathmandhu.