What we do

Reducing poverty through technology

Practical Action works with communities to find practical solutions to the poverty they face. 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 900,000 poor women and men through projects in developing countries around the world. We work in four main areas:

Energy access

Food and agriculture

Urban water and waste

Disaster risk reduction

In addition to our physical projects on the ground, our consultancy and educational work and the Practical Answers technical information service extend the reach of our practical approach to tackling poverty, scaling up our approach to reach millions more poor people worldwide.

Our project work can also be viewed through the following cross-cutting themes and technology areas:

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