Partners and networks

Practical Action's Sril Lanka office closed in 2014. A new charity, Janathakshan - meaning ‘people’s technology’ or ‘technology for people’ - has been created to continue the legacy of Practical Action in Sri Lanka.

PISCES (Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security) is a five-year DFID-funded research project aimed at providing new policy-relevant knowledge and innovation around the use of bioenergy. This will lead to more sustainable energy practices and increased access to energy for the rural and urban poor in the target countries of Kenya, Tanzania, India and Sri Lanka, and beyond. Practical Action Consulting UK, East Africa and Sri Lanka are all members of the consortium.

International Forum on Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD)
Set up in 1991, as a global network of organisations and individuals interested in promoting alternative, sustainable transport solutions for poor rural people, IFRTD focuses on generating, collecting and sharing information and provides practical advice for individuals and organisations in nearly 100 countries.

HEDONHEDON (Household Energy Development Organizations Network)
Practical Action is a core member of the Household Energy Development Organizations Network (HEDON), set up in 1992 to act as a focal point for those working in the field in household energy. It aims to promote links among the diverse organizations working in this field, including NGOs, government agencies, and consultancies.

DEW PointDEW Point
The DEW Point Resource Centre generates and disseminates knowledge on behalf of DFID staff and their development partners in environment, water resources, water and sanitation and climate change. Practical Action Consulting is a consortium partner, providing technical support in water, sanitation and the environment.

The Cathy Rich Memorial Food Processing Centre
The Cathy Rich Centre was established in 1992 by Practical Action South Asia in memory of Practical Action's food processing programme officer, who was killed in a road accident in Sri Lanka. The centre facilitates development by solving food enterprise-based problems, with an emphasis on small and micro units, using appropriate technologies and services. It is now a fully-autonomous institute, acting as a centre for excellence in small scale food processing.

GVEP - Global Village Energy PartnershipGlobal Village Energy Partnership (GVEP)
GVEP is a voluntary partnership that brings together developing and industrialised country governments, public and private organizations, multilateral institutions, consumers and others in an effort to ensure access to modern energy services by the poor. Practical Action is working with GVEP in Peru, as part of the MEM-GVEP coordination platform, on a national energy action plan for Peru.

In 1992 Practical Action helped to set up LA RED, an alternative, open and independent network concerned with research, information, capacity building and education relating to the theme of risk and disaster management in Latin America.

Duryog Nivaran
Practical Action is a member of Duryog Nivaran, a network of individuals and organizations working in South Asia who are committed to promoting the alternative perspectives on disaster and vulnerability as a basis for disaster mitigation in the region.

A formal knowledge network on sustainable energy for low-income households in rural areas in Southern and Eastern Africa. Key themes include household energy and health, household energy and gender, and household energy and forestry.

visit the Bond websiteBond
Practical Action is a member of Bond, the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development. Established in 1993, Bond now has over 330 member organisations, from large organisations with a world-wide presence to smaller, more specialist organisations working in specific regions or with specific groups of people.

CIATChartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
CIAT is helping Practical Action's projects in Peru, safeguarding parts of the Amazon rainforest around the settlements of the local people. Instead of having to cut down trees to make a living, CIAT and Practical Action are helping local farmers to create stable and sustainable farms.

building advisory service and information networkbasin - building advisory service and information network
Practical Action was a founding member of the basin network. Although this network is no longer maintained, an archive of publications can be found at the GATE International site.

International Network for Technical Information - see under INTI

Schumacher Circle

The Schumacher Circle is a collective 'family' of organisations in the UK that have all been inspired, one way or another, by E.F.Schumacher's vision or involvement and who cooperate informally to support each others work.

In addition to Practical Action, other members are:

The Schumacher Society - Schumacher UK
Inspired by the philosopher, economist and author E.F. Schumacher, Schumacher UK (The Schumacher Society) promotes human scale sustainable development in Britain and abroad. Some of the areas covered include: sustainable development, green issues, ecology, conservation, economy, health, education, philosophy, spirituality, architecture, energy and technology.

Schumacher College
Schumacher College in Devon, UK, was founded in 1991 on the conviction that a new vision is needed for society, its values and its relationship to the earth. Over the last decade the college has become a centre of excellence and established an international reputation for the inspiration, quality and breadth of its teaching.

The Centre for Alternative Technology
Based in mid-Wales, CAT sets out to develop and prove, by a positive living example, new technologies which would provide practical solutions to the problems that are worrying the world's ecologists.

The Soil Association
The Soil Association is the UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming, founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who were concerned about the way our food was produced.

Green Books
Green Books is a publishing company whose aim is to inform and inspire the general reader about ecological, spiritual and cultural issues of our time.

New Economics Foundation
The New Economics Foundation (NEF) works to construct a new economy centred on people and the environment. Founded in 1986, it is now one of the UK's most creative and effective independent think tanks, combining research, advocacy, training and practical action.

Resurgence is a bi-monthly magazine of vision and action. Resurgence brings its readers a unique blend of news and views on a range of topics that includes ecology, development, education, health, science and politics, together with art, culture and spirituality.

International Network for Technical Information (INTI)

The International Network for Technical InformationINTI – brings together the combined information resources of development organisations providing an enquiry service. The main objective of the network is to improve the services provided through co-operation and mutual support. INTI is open to all information services focused on development issues. INTI website:

In addition to Practical Action, other members are:

Agromisa – Centre for Small-Scale Sustainable Agriculture
The Agromisa Foundation aim is to strengthen the social and economic position of the underprivileged rural population in the south. To achieve its objectives, Agromisa supplies information and advice on small-scale, sustainable agriculture and related topics to individuals and organisations.

COTA – Collectif d'Echanges pour la Technologie Appropriée, asbl
A service and education NGO specialised in the technologies and methodologies of development, in particular in the domains of participate development and decentralised co-operation.

DIO – Diergeneeskunde In Ontwikkelingssamenwerking
Foundation for Veterinary Medicine in Developing Co-operation
DIO is part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University and is able to provide practical solutions to problems of animal healthcare.

FAKT – Consult for Management, Training and Technologies
Association for Appropriate Technology
A non-profit consultancy firm which was founded in 1986 by Protestant church development organisations to provide both them and their partner organisations in the South with an advisory services.

GATE – GTZ German Appropriate Technology Exchange
German Agency for Technical Co-operation
GTZ is a government-owned corporation for international co-operation that aims to improve the living conditions and perspectives of people in developing and transition countries.

Gret – Groupe de recherches et d'échanges Technologiques (French) (English)
A development support organisation that acts for the economic and social development of developing countries through a combination of research, action and communication.

HDRA – Henry Doubleday Research Association – Garden Organic
The aim of HDRA’s international programme is to develop, improve and promote techniques for sustainable land use in rural, peri-urban and urban areas in the tropics and sub-tropics. Garden Organic is the working name of HDRA.

INPhO – Information Network on Post-harvest Operations – FAO
INPhO was created by the FAO, in partnership with GTZ and CIRAD, in order to accelerate the development post harvest activities in the tropics facilitating access to technical data and the exchange of information between the actors.

SKAT – Swiss Centre for Development Co-operation in Technology and Management
SKAT contributes to poverty reduction and sustainable development through professional knowledge sharing and the provision of advisory services in the developing world.

Source is an International Information Support Centre designed to strengthen the management, use and impact of information on health and disability

TaT – Transferzentrum für angepasste Technologien Gmbh
Transfer Centre For Appropriate Technologies
One of German’s technology centres supporting structural change, TaT puts special emphasis on the promotion of ecologically appropriate technologies such as renewable energies, new agro-based products, energy-saving and ecological construction of houses.

WOT – Working Group On Development Techniques
WOT is active in the field of small-scale sustainable energy for developing countries.

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