Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. We enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions.

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Drought in East Africa

East Africa is in the grip of a devastating drought. Although we're not a relief agency, Practical Action are working with local communities to understand how we can support them now, and in the longer term.

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Practical Action wins top renewable energy prize

Practical Action has been awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize in recognition of its pioneering approach to renewable energy and sustainability.

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Watch our virtual reality video

See what it is like to cook on an open fire in a Nepalese home in our 360° virtual reality video.

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Story of Kopila Chaudhary — how knowledge transformed my life

The gift of material goods makes people dependent, but the gift of knowledge makes them free”, these profound words of E.F...
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Talking shit at FSM4 Conference - Feedback on our sanitation work in Bangladesh

Talking about shit for a week in India — a fascinating context to present our sanitation work! India, a country that has undertaken ...
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Kamala Joshi — A woman who broke the cycle of discrimination

Mother’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. Not because of all the festivities or pastries (which I don’t mind!), but beca...
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Stop the Killer in the Kitchen

Household smoke kills millions every year – but it needn't, with simple solutions.

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Working worldwide to fight poverty

energy access

Energy access

Sustainable access to modern energy services for all by 2030

food agriculture

Food & agriculture

Sustainable systems of agriculture that provide food security and livelihoods for the rural poor

water and sanitation

Urban water & waste

Improved access to drinking water, sanitation and waste services for the urban poor

disaster risk reduction

Disaster risk reduction

Reduced risk of disasters for marginalised groups and communities

Consulting

Independent and professional consulting for governments, NGOs, aid agencies and the private sector.

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Browse print and digital books, available from our online bookshop, or peer reviewed journals, accessible online, for development researchers and practitioners throughout the world.

Policy & practice

We actively share knowledge and seek to influence the policy and practice of others to build greater benefits for all.

Technical resources

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