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Community development innovator involved in third award win of 2019

An innovative community engagement project that has inspired significant change in the energy sector in Rwanda has been recognised by the African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards.

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Recognition as ingenious thinking tackles climate-related hunger

We are pleased to let you know our work has received a UN award for innovation after transforming food production in the face of flooding and land loss in Bangladesh.

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Practical Action appoints new chair of trustees - 23/04/2019

Practical Action is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Yvonne Pinto as their new chair of trustees.

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Learning from failure: the untold story

Absorbing failure and learning from it is not always easy. Building on failure is even more challenging and requires great strength ...
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Bridging the sustainable energy gap for smallholders in West Africa

In West Africa, demand for food and processed food is increasing mainly due to demographic pressure  while smallholder farmers and p...
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Fashion comes at a price

The impact of the fashion industry on water resources in Bangladesh Bangladesh is the second largest garment exporting country in...
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