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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Bluedot Festival 7-9 July

We were proud to be an official charity partner of the Bluedot festival, which mixed music from the Pixies, Orbital and Alt-J with a programme of live science experiments and expert talks.

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Practical Action wins global award for work in Darfur

Practical Action in partnership with UN Environment has won this year’s Land for Life Award for a project which transforms huge swathes of desert into farmland in one of the most challenging environments on Earth.

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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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A tonic for development

Lack of access to modern, affordable and sustainable renewable energy services for the rural population remains a challenge in Zimba...
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Meet a real 'Wonder Woman'

The new ‘Wonder Woman’ film premiered across the world this month.  At its Latin American red carpet event in Mexico, the star, Gal ...
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Meeting rural electricity needs in Malawi

An expanding geographic area of work for Practical Action is in Malawi's agriculture and energy sectors. Malawi has an agro-based...
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Women in Malawi face giving birth in the dark

A solar mini-grid could bring life-saving electricity to health clinics.

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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

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