The work carried out by Practical Action's regional office in Kenya is centred on three Goal Areas: Universal access to energy; Food security, Agriculture and Disaster Risk Reduction; Urban Services; Water, sanitation and waste management services. In addition to our Goals, we have three cross-cutting themes. These include: Gender and social Inclusion, Climate Change and Market Systems Development.
Cross-cutting theme 1: Gender and Social Inclusion
At Practical Action we will deliberately address gender inequity/inequality and other socio-economic determinants of poor wellbeing that impact on how individuals enjoy good life; and how communities access technology and services. This will be through building internal political will and an organizational culture that ensures organizational commitment to gender; enhance technical capacity of staff and partners; and enhance accountability to both men and women by working towards equitable outcomes from our programmes.
Cross-cutting theme 2: Climate Change
The effects of Climate Change are undermining agriculture, food security, water availability, and access to energy, infrastructure services and peoples’ settlements in rural and urban areas and are a threat to development results and might completely reverse gains that have been made.
The objective is to build the capacity of vulnerable people, especially women, in rural and urban areas of Eastern Africa to adapt to the impacts of climate change and advance the learning process for climate change adaptation at local, national and global levels. In line we shall also share experiences from our work in other goal areas to influence policy and practice.
Therefore we integrate climate change adaptation into our key programming goals to increase the sustainability and impact of interventions in climate sensitive sectors such as water, agriculture and urban livelihoods.
Based on our experience and networks, Practical Action is well-positioned to be a leader in promoting effective and equitable adaptation and low carbon approaches.
Cross-cutting theme 3: Market Systems Development
Practical Action aspires to build ‘prosperous communities within Eastern Africa’ region whose wellbeing is guaranteed through sustainable market systems. To do this we will transform livelihoods of the poor by facilitating markets that enable them to sustainably access services and value for their products.
We develop inclusive markets to enable the poor to access inputs, services and value for their products; develop innovative models for sustainable partnerships with private sector to promote financial inclusion services for the poor e.g. access to pro-poor financial products and services, business development services; influence development of inclusive markets by Governments, Donors and NGO based on Participatory Market Systems Development; pilot development of inclusive agribusiness markets systems to learn and enrich Participatory Market Systems Development roadmap.
We will address the marginalized/weak actors within markets such as; smallholder producers, micro, medium and small enterprises, informal community trainers and technicians, youth and women considering their unique vulnerabilities within some market systems.
To increase access to basic services such as adequate water and sanitation facilities, functional storm water, effluent drainage and solid waste management.Read more
The three areas of work are supervised and guided by programme team leaders. The programme implementation team consists of project managers who are responsible for managing the different projects that come under each broad theme area. In addition, Practical Action has the other support units which include Finance, Fundraising, Communications and Information Technology Unit.
We also have two arms through which we scale up our operations and models from our work and that of others. These include Practical Action Consulting through which we will replicate knowledge generated from our programmes outside our operational areas to others. The learning from the consultancy assignments is fed back into development of programmes.
Practical Answers, a demand-driven free-of-charge service, provides customised information and knowledge products to individual enquirers through different media and formats. This service relies on more than four decades responding through the Technical Enquiry Service for people working in development. This aims to give access to appropriate knowledge about technologies in areas such as water, waste, construction, food processing, animal health and energy to people working all over the world to tackle poverty. This service captures and shares knowledge for influence and scale.
Where we work
Practical Action's work is spread across four clusters set in the northern, central, and southern parts of Kenya. These are Somali and Karamoja clusters in the north; Lake Victoria cluster in the west; and the Nairobi-Nakuru cluster in central Kenya. In our five-year Strategic Plan, we intend to extend our operations in other countries in the region. We already have presence in Rwanda and in West Africa through Practical Action Consulting.