Practical Action Blogs

    Climate Change Adaptation – From NAPA to NAP

    Climate Change Adaptation- From NAPA to NAP Gehendra B. Gurung I assume by this time there is no need for defining and clarifying what climate change is. But yet there are ambiguities among many of us what actually it is, on which many of us still are not so convinced. When we say an increase of 1 degree C global (or national) average temperature, we do not usually believe that it affects us because we have diurnal difference of more […]

    April 22nd, 2018

    Why I felt it was important to break the silence

    This year on the International Women’s Day, I felt like sharing my personal story relating to “Menstruation”. Yes, we bleed! It is not comfortable! Perhaps the most discomforting part is the practice of tiptoeing around it. Periods are the “one issue” we have been going to an extreme length to hide about ourselves. Everyone knows we are getting them, but we cannot talk about it! What we do during period? Women in Bangladesh, generally, do not talk about periods to […]

    April 13th, 2018

    The Climate Damages Tax, an idea whose time has come!

    Pollution must be brought under control and mankind’s population and consumption of resources must be steered towards a permanent and sustainable equilibrium. E.F Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if people mattered. According to the last global review[1] Natural Hazards resulted in 9,503 deaths, 96 million people being affected, and economic costs in excess of US$314 billion. Weather-related events were responsible for the majority of both human and economic losses. Almost 90% of the deaths in 2017 were due to climatological, […]

    April 12th, 2018

    2018 CSW: What lessons can we take forward to promote gender equality in our work?

    62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 12-23 March 2018 Last month, I participated in arguably the largest global gathering on gender equality – the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York alongside Arun Hial, our M & E Manager from the India office. The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the […]

    April 9th, 2018

    Ever heard of a Floating Farm?

    Meet Shujit Sarkar, a 36 year old farmer from Bangladesh. Shujit is married to Shikha and they have four children. Shujit earns his income by farming and selling fish fingerlings. He doesn’t own land or a pond so he has to keep the fingerlings in the canal nearby. Unfortunately, during the monsoon seasons, the canal water overflows and the whole village floods. During the floods, Shujit can’t feed or sell his fingerlings. This means that he struggles to feed his family. […]

    April 6th, 2018

    End energy poverty

    Solar power bangladesh
    Energy is one of the key indicators for development. Like other essential basic needs, a certain amount of energy is required for our survival. Depending on the context, livelihood patterns and way of living, energy needs are different. For example, nowadays, people in Bangladesh across all socioeconomic categories are using cellphones due to very high rates of penetration. So the energy requirement for charging cellphones has become a basic need for users. Bangladesh has achieved tremendous success in several sectors and […]

    April 5th, 2018

    Primary Science- What’s the story?

    I am a self-confessed twitter geek. I love twitter. I start my day with twitter. As soon as my eyes have focused after my alarm goes off and before I even have my first coffee I can’t resist having a quick peak!   For me it is both a way to keep up to date with what is going on in the sector, plus a way to share the work I do that I am so passionate about. So, recently on twitter […]

    April 4th, 2018

    Enhanced preparedness capacity of communities and local governments in Kankai basin

    Community people evacuating village during flood mock exercise
    The flood preparedness capacity of communities and local governments in Kankai River basin has been increased in the period of last three years. The project has carried out different trainings, orientations, workshops, exposure visits, etc., to increase the flood preparedness, risk reduction, mitigation and response capacity of communities and local governments. “Before the project intervention in our communities, we had to individually prepare for the monsoon flash flood. We did not have adequate knowledge on flood risk, flood monitoring and […]

    April 4th, 2018

    FSM in Bangladesh: How to operationalize the Institutional and Regulatory Framework?

    Bangladesh is considered a role model in the world for its achievement in providing access to sanitation for all. Currently, more than 99% of people in Bangladesh use toilets. The positive progress has created challenges. Issues such as how to empty the toilets, and how to deal safely with the faecal sludge need to be addressed. Manual emptying by informal workers, and indiscriminate and untreated disposal lead to serious environmental pollution and bring adverse impacts on water quality and public […]

    March 28th, 2018

    MERL Tech London: What’s Your Organisation’s Take on Data Literacy, Privacy and Ethics?

    ICTs and data are increasingly being used for monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL). MERL Tech London was an open space for practitioners, techies, researchers and decision makers to discuss their good and not so good experiences. This blogpost is a reflection of the debates that took place during the conference. Is data literacy still a thing? Data literacy is “the ability to consume for knowledge, produce coherently and think critically about data”. The perception of data literacy varies depending […]

    March 26th, 2018