Information on some of our Strategic Partners and how they are supporting us:
Department for International Development
The Department for International Development (DfID) is the part of the UK government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to eradicate extreme poverty.
Practical Action engages with DFID on policy issues in the key areas of food and agriculture, energy access, adaptation to climate change, urban development, disaster risk reduction and private sector development. This is mainly through established NGO networks, such as Bond’s Development and Environment Group and the UK Food Group. DFID has supported Practical Action’s work for many years. We have been receiving strategic level funding from them through their Partnership Programme Agreements – based around mutually agreed outcomes and individual performance frameworks – since 2004. At the country level DFID is also funding some of our project work (for example, our Pathways from Poverty project in Bangladesh) and we provide them with consultancy services (Practical Action Consulting).
The Treaty of Lisbon captures the vision of the EU’s 27 member states – designed to make the EU more democratic, efficient and transparent, and thereby able to tackle global challenges such as climate change, security and sustainable development. The European Commission (EC) is the executive body of the European Union.
Practical Action seeks to influence EU development policy in the areas of food and agriculture and energy access, working in partnership with other European NGOs and MEPs. Practical Action receives funding for programme and public awareness work mainly from DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid (DEVCO) and DG Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). The European Union is one of Practical Action’s most important donors.
The Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for delivering 46 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by The National Lottery. Since June 2004, the Big Lottery Fund has awarded over £3.6bn to projects in the UK and overseas.
Practical Action has been receiving lottery funding since 1987 and the Big Lottery Fund is currently funding two of our projects: Socio-economic empowerment of tsunami affected communities in Sri Lanka, and Sustainable Lagoon and Livelihoods in Sri Lanka.
Comic Relief was launched from a refugee camp in Sudan on Christmas Day in 1985. Since then it has raised £750m and supported over 12,000 projects in the UK and Africa.
Comic Relief has been funding Practical Action’s projects for over 20 years and is currently funding two projects in Kenya: People’s Plans into Practice: Building Productive and Liveable Settlements with Slum Dwellers in Kisumu and Kitale and a sanitation project in the slums in Nakuru, Realising the Right to Total Sanitation.
Zurich Insurance Group
The Zurich Insurance Group has supported Practical Action since 2004. In 2013, in response to the increase in severe flooding around the world, Zurich launched the global flood resilience alliance.
The alliance brings together the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the Wharton Business School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Centre, and Practical Action. The alliance is supporting Practical Action to build community flood resilience in Bangladesh, Peru and Nepal through our Zurich Flood Resilience Programme (ZFRP) over five years (2013-2018).
Jersey Overseas Aid Committee