Reducing poverty through technology
Practical Action works with communities to find practical solutions to poverty
Technology has a vital role to play in building livelihoods - and technology can include physical infrastructure, machinery and equipment, but also knowledge, skills and the capacity to organise and use all of these.
We currently have over 100 projects worldwide. Last year we used technology to directly benefit over 1.2 million poor women and men through projects in developing countries around the world.
We focus on areas where we can make a big difference. Energy access, food and agriculture, urban waste and water, disaster risk reduction are all critical to poor people's wellbeing, and are important examples of the world's failure to achieve technology justice.
In addition to our physical projects on the ground, our consultancy, publishing, educational and technical information services extend the reach of our practical approach to tackling poverty, scaling up our approach to reach millions more poor people worldwide.
Three themes are embedded across much of our project work:
We have developed simple, practical solutions that can help people to minimise the ways in which floods, droughts and extreme weather affect their lives.
We help poor people to make a better living – by enabling producers to improve their production, processing and marketing.
We want to see a sustainable world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used for the benefit of all.
We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions.
Through projects on the ground, we improve the lives of over a million people every year.
We want to change as many lives as possible, by sharing our knowledge and experience.
Our Consulting and Publishing services reach development professionals around the world, and our technical information service Practical Answers offers free resources directly to those who need it most.
We have big ideas that can change lives - but our own projects can only reach the people we work with directly.
By sharing our ideas with local and national governments, international agencies and other development organisations, we can make a bigger impact on a global scale - and work towards technology justice for all.
Projects like this depend on your support. Please help us to work with communities around the world to save lives and improve livelihoods.