Practical Action Blogs

    Flood Early Warning Systems from a Gender Lens

    BIO: Prior to her master studies at the University of Edinburgh’s International Development, İpek Aybay has worked at a voluntary business organization of leading entrepreneurs and executives of the business community in Turkey as an expert at the Information Society and Innovation Department where she has made research on technology, innovation and development. Currently, she works at UNHCR head office in Ankara, Turkey as a Senior Protection Assistant.  We are mentioning technology as a tool for changing our lives so […]

    July 13th, 2017

    Community based adaptation practitioners lead the way

    Blog co-authored with Colin McQuistan The Community Based Adaptation (CBA) conferences provide a unique practitioners’ forum that is driving forward the ‘adaptation’ agenda of the UNFCCC. It is one of the few global gatherings on climate change not overwhelmed by political lobbyists or climate scientists. It is also unique in having strong connections with developing country governments and effective linkages with the global climate change policy processes. Adaptation is not being delivered in practice Whilst the urgent need for ‘adaptation’ is well […]

    July 13th, 2017

    Progress in Pictures

    Prepared by Rabindra Singh and Yugdeep Thapa Practical Action has been implementing the project “Strengthening the Supply Chain of Construction Materials” in Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts  of Nepal since June 2016. The UKAID funded project aims to help the earthquake affected households acquire quality construction materials at competitive price while rebuilding their houses. The following pictures portray the project activities On the cutting edge: The stone cutting machine, a simple technology, introduced in Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts after the earthquake […]

    July 13th, 2017

    Knowledge transforming livelihood

    “My family needs were escalating every day and I used to wonder, what I need to do to fulfill my family needs,” says 35-year old Kamala Pandey, a resident of Kawasoti-15, Godar, Nawalparasi. Kamala Pandey, a mother of three, struggled a lot to meet her family’s basic needs while juggling personal struggles like debt, and other challenges. Her husband who used to support her by running small rice mill was unable to generate enough income to meet growing demands of […]

    July 10th, 2017

    Inspiring girls on International Women in Engineering Day

    Lauren Padmore, STEM Ambassador, BWB Consulting
    What a great initiative Women in Engineering Day is! Currently only 19% of engineering graduates are girls, so we are potentially missing out on a lot of talent. There are many reasons why that may be the case, but one thing is for sure, time and time again we are told that if you give girls good role models, and show them how engineering can be used to solve real problems faced by real people they are more inspired to […]

    July 7th, 2017

    Lessons from Turkana on promoting sanitation in Kenya’s arid areas

    Since 2014, Practical Action has been delivering water, sanitation and hygiene promotion services to communities in northern Kenya through its SWIFT project. So far we have worked in 9 locations of Turkana County reaching 160,000 women, men and children directly. The activities that have been undertaken include the drilling of boreholes, Installation of pumps, construction of shallow wells, rehabilitation of 10 dysfunctional shallow wells, upgrading of 6 piped water systems and the Installation 5 high capacity solar pumps. As part […]

    CLTS making an impact on sanitation in Kisumu

    Over the last year or so, Practical Action and our partner organisations KUAP and Umande Trust, have been rolling out a programme of urban-adapted CLTS (community-led total sanitation) in informal settlements in Kisumu. The work is part of a five-year project supported by Comic Relief. Last week I visited and was treated to a demonstration of some of the team’s favourite tools, as they described both what works best, and some of the challenges of taking these tools designed for […]

    Ecosystems underpin Sustainable Development

    There is incredible generosity in the potentialities of Nature. We only have to discover how to utilize them. E. F. Schumacher Practical Action have just attended the 11th international conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) a global platform of practitioners at which Practical Action country staff can share lessons learned and knowledge from our projects while also networking, sharing and exchanging ideas with practitioners working around the world. This year staff from Nepal, Bangladesh and Peru[i] were able to attend […]

    June 30th, 2017

    Direct seeded rice – A promising resource efficient technology

    Arjun Bhattarai, a 51-year-old farmer living in Koshi Haraicha of Morang district, grows rice as a major crop in his land. Out of his three children, a daughter and a son are blind by birth. So, with the help of his only wife and some casual workers, he used to grow rice and vegetables in his own 8 kattha (1 Kattha = 333.33 sq. meter) and leased 10 kattha land. They were able to hardly meet their annual household needs. […]

    June 29th, 2017

    Earthquake victims coming together to rein in the ever increasing price of construction materials

    A simple act of collective procurement is improving the access of the earthquake victims to quality construction materials and reducing the price by more than 10 percent. Two years after the devastating earthquake, majority of the victims are still under the temporary shelters in Nepal. Their journey to permanent housing is uncertain due to ever increasing price of construction materials. Each time price hikes, their hope for bringing back roof over their head fades further. Government has no apparent mechanism […]

    June 29th, 2017