What we do
- Food and agriculture Practical Action works with small-scale farmers and pastoralists to help them increase their food...
- Disaster risk reduction Practical Action is working with communities to enable them to prepare for, cope with and adapt t...
- Energy access Practical Action provides renewable, locally-sourced sustainable energy solutions which lift peop...
- Urban water and waste We help find practical, sustainable water and sanitation technologies that people can use to redu...
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:
Access to energy can transform lives
We work with communities to develop renewable energy, using natural resources such as water, wind, sun and waste.
Food and agriculture
Increasing income and access to food
We use simple but effective technologies such as compost pits, fish cages, zeer pots, floating gardens and donkey ploughs to improve access to fresh food.
Urban water and waste
Access to clean, safe water and waste services
We work with communities to get water for drinking, washing, cooking and agriculture - helping to improve sanitation and health.
Disaster risk reduction
Reducing vulnerabilty to disasters
Rather than emergency relief after the event, we work with communities to help them to prepare for, cope with and adapt to future hazards.
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: