Improving access to services
International programme: access to infrastructure services
Poor people are often excluded from essential services such as water, sanitation, energy, education and health - as well as lacking adequate shelter.
Improving access to services for poor people is one of Practical Action's key strategic aims. Practical Action works with poor people throughout the world to build on their skills and local knowledge, and to use appropriate technology, to improve their lives.
Locally-managed, sustainable and decentralised services offer low-income communities the best hope of satisfying their need for affordable water, sanitation, housing and energy.
The following projects demonstrate some of the ways that Practical Action is improving access to services - which include energy, transport, shelter, waste, water and sanitation, and information services - and show how locally managed, decentralised solutions are often the most appropriate to the needs of the poor:
Toilets without water
Animal-drawn carts in Sudan
Practical Action's Improving Access to Services programme is one of four international programmes through which we carry out our project work. The others are Reducing vulnerability, Making markets work for the poor and Responding to new technologies.