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Improving sanitation in Sudan

We have changed the behaviour around sanitation in Dasarata village, Sudan, using community approaches to sanitation (CATs) training, as part of the Aqua4East project.

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Sunolo Sakhi: India radio show offers menstrual hygiene information for girls

A new radio show, Sunolo Sakhi, is sharing knowledge on menstrual hygiene to young girls and women in the slums of Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Sanitary towel business gets a boost in Bangladesh

The low-cost, hygienic sanitary towels made at the SaniMart centres in Bangladesh have helped young girls manage their menstruation cycle without being shy or embarrassed. The centres sell these towels to women in communities, hospitals, schools and colleges.

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Practical Action at the 39th WEDC International Conference

Practical Action was at the 39th WEDC international conference on water and sanitation in development in Ghana, 11-15 July 2016.

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Aqua-geoponics in Bangladesh

Our Practical Answers team in Bangladesh is piloting an innovative concept of raising fish in cages and growing vegetables - at the same time.

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Launch of BICAS project in Nepal

A three-year project to support farmers launched in Nepal at the start of June 2016. BICAS is a project in the remote mid and far-western districts of Kalikot, Mugu, Jumla, Bajura and Bajhang.

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A breakthrough for key policy change in Sri Lanka’s lagoon governance

Practical Action's Sustainable Lagoons and Livelihoods project team in Sri Lanka have been working with the government on legalising proposed regulations and amendment that will benefit 500,000 lagoon fishers.

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Project to empower slum dwellers in South Asia comes to an end

A four-year project to promote systems of decentralised urban governance in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has come to an end, building capacity for over 40,000 people in slums across six cities.

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Forum for Technology Justice

In March 2016 eighty people converged in Edinburgh for two days of inspiration, collaboration and passionate debate about our shared future and how technology will shape it.

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New £1 million Comic Relief project launches

An exciting new project will deliver clean water and improved sanitation to 95,000 people in Kisumu, Kenya.

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Sudan Technology Justice Conference

Practical Action Sudan celebrated the organisation's 50th Anniversary through the first National Technology Justice Conference in Sudan, under the patronage of Dr. Tahani Abdalla Attia, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology.

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Conflict resolved between farmers and pastoralists in Sudan

We have helped 200 farmers and pastoralists to restore peace with each other in North Darfur, having demarked a 16km route and facilitated a meeting between the two groups in Derma Village to agree on actions needed from both sides.

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Video interview: Solving Africa’s power shortages

Video: Grace Mukasa, Practical Action East Africa Regional Director, talks to CNBC Africa on plans to improve access to energy in rural sub-Saharan Africa.

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Seil Gadim Dam opened in Darfur

The 775 metres long Seil Gadim Dam was officially inaugurated, to help maximise the water resources and benefit the locals in the Wadi Elku project area, North Darfur.

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Seedlings transplantation for Wadi bank stabilisation in North Darfur, Sudan

The Wadi Elku Catchment Management Project has completed seedlings transplantation in different areas surrounding 10 kilometres in North Darfur, Sudan.

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Urban water, sanitation and waste management - Kenya project news

SWIFT, a results-based initiative that is delivering sanitation services in both arid and urban regions in Kenya, continued delivering water interventions to the residents in Turkana.

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Sustainable energy project to benefit 30,000 in Southern Africa

Practical Action's Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) project has been launched in Zimbabwe by the country’s Minister of Energy, Dr Samuel Undenge.

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Innovative use of GPS for demarcating lagoons endorsed by Sri Lankan government

The innovative use of GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates to demarcate the lagoons, introduced by Practical Action’s Sustainable Livelihoods and Lagoons (SLL) project, has been endorsed by Sri Lankan government.

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Podcasts for farmers in Sudan

Twelve episodes of podcasts on different agricultural interventions were produced and broadcast in community radios in Kassala and Blue Nile, Sudan.

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Learning from the 2014 Karnali river floods in west Nepal

A joint dissemination workshop and book launch on “Urgent Case for Recovery: What can we learn from the August 2014 Karnali River floods in Nepal” was organised on 4 August 2015 in Kathmandu by Practical Action.

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Clean energy capacity-building for eco-schools programme in Zimbabwe

Practical Action participated in the Clean Energy Capacity Building Programme for Eco-Schools hosted by UNICEF and Mukuvisi Woodlands, in Harare.

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Zamzam dam set to change lives in Sudan

The Zamzam dam, about to be handed to the community, will change people’s lives in north Darfur.

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Farmers’ dialogue in Bangladesh

Fifty farmers, including 14 women, participated in a farmers’ dialogue to learn sand bar cropping with pumpkin cultivation in the temporary river basin land called sandbar or char locally.

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Practical Action announces new CEO

Practical Action is pleased to announce that Paul Smith Lomas has been appointed as the next Chief Executive effective from November 2015.

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Water and sanitation updates from Eastern Africa

Recent progress from the urban water and sanitation programme in Kenya, including mapping settlements, promoting hygiene in the home, and presentations to the international WEDC conference.

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Faecal sludge management in Bangladesh

News and highlights from our work on faecal sludge management in Bangladesh, including recent workshops, consultations and construction.

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Fourth Africa Sanitation Conference in Dakar, Senegal

Practical Action Eastern Africa Regional Office was represented by Mathew Okello, Project Manager-Urban Services, in the just concluded 4th Africa Sanitation Conference in Dakar, Senegal. The theme of the conference was “Making Sanitation a Reality for All” and comprised ...

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74 mock drills conducted in Karnali River basin of Nepal ahead of monsoon season

Practical Action in coordination with Department of Hydrology (DHM) and local authorities organised 74 mock drills on early warning system (EWS) at 74 communities of Bardiya and Kailali districts in Western Nepal on 5 June 2015.

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Bangladesh country director

Hasin Jahan has joined Practical Action as our new Bangladesh country director

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Nepal earthquake reports

We have teams working in Gorkha and Dhading districts, to provide temporary shelters and supply clean water and sanitation, starting with two villages in each district.

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The 2015 Fritz Schumacher Award at the IMechE

Practical Action are sponsoring The Fritz Schumacher Award with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), to recognise individuals for their outstanding contribution to alleviating poverty in the developing world through innovative, simple and sustainable engineering and technology soluti...

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Gender equality and climate compatible development inception workshop

Practical Action Consulting has teamed up with the Institute of Development Studies and three PAC offices in Latin America, Eastern Africa and Southern Asia to undertake the CDKN project Gender Equality and Climate Compatible Development – Drivers and challenges to people’s empowerment.

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Himalaya micro-hydro scheme officially commissioned

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge, officially commissioned the Himalaya Micro Hydro Scheme on Wednesday 8 April 2015. The commissioning of the 80kW micro hydro scheme was a key milestone in the EU-funded Rural Sustainable Energy Development in Zimbabwe (RuSED)...

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Municipal waste to energy work receives policy attention in Bangladesh

A two members’ team including chairman and member from Sustainable Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) under the Ministry of Power visited municipal waste to biogas and composting plants in Gaibandha.

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Smart villages workshop in Kathmandu

Practical Action and Smart Villages Initiative brought together diverse cross-section of participants in the Nepali off-grid energy sector at a workshop in Kathmandu to discuss their experiences of implementing access to energy projects at a range of scales in Kathmandu on 10 April 2015.

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Moving Energy Initiative

Practical Action Consulting is working on an innovative project to meet the energy needs of displaced people in a safe, sustainable manner, developing solutions for heating/cooling, cooking, lighting, electrification and water and sanitation.

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National Summit on Technology Justice

A group of organisation working to promote Technology Justice in Nepal are the joint organisers of the National summit on Technology Justice held on 30 March 2015 at NAST premises, Khumaltar.

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Demonstration of Barsha pump in Nepal

An innovative and sustainable design of water pump for agricultural irrigation was demonstrated in western Nepal.

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Flood resilience project hit by fatal landslide

Practical Action currently has a team of people working in the Chosica district of Lima, after at least seven people were killed by flooding and landslides. The team has been working in the affected area for the last few months, initiating a project designed to make those living on the ban...

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Using smartphones towards zero open defecation

In Kenya, we have been training community members to capture information on sanitation and hand washing facilities in their villages using smart phones, as they work towards zero open defecation.

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Krishi Call Centre nominated for WSIS global award

The Krishi Call Centre in Bangladesh (our free phone agricultural helpline) has been nominated for a global award at the WSIS Congress.

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Identifying the main barriers and opportunities for solar PV within irrigation sector in Rwanda

On 16 March, Practical Action organised a workshop hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the potential of increasing access to, and use of, solar PV irrigation technologies. The workshop brought together about 20 mainly private secto...

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International Womens Day 2015

Practical Action staff and programmes around the world celebrated International Womens Day, 8 March 2015.

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Food security and sovereignty project in Bolivia

The project Food Security and Sovereignty for the Local Development of Quime Municipality in Bolivia was closed on 9 March. During the results presentation, the local indigenous authorities and representatives of social organisations expressed their gratitude to the local authorities, the Europea...

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PMSD training in Gwanda, Zimbabwe

Practical Action Consulting Southern Africa facilitated a five-day Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD) training workshop for the TROCAIRE project partners from 2-6 March 2015.

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Climate smart agriculture – potential and challenges seminar in Myanmar

Practical Action Consulting jointly organised a national level seminar on Climate Smart Agriculture on 23 February at Yezin Agricultural University in Myanmar.

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Launch of Project Nirmal in Odisha, India

Project Nirmal was launched on 27 February 2015 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. The project aims to focus on demonstration of appropriate and sustainable sanitation service delivery.

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