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Practical Action Consulting projects: by technical expertise

This is a listing of current Practical Action Consulting projects organised by area of technical expertise.

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PAC energy projects

Poor people's energy outlook reports

Client: Practical Action  Origin of funding: Practical Action, GIZ, UNDP Country: International Project Value: £100 000 (per annum) Dates: Annual publication Lead Office: PAC UK Description of the Project: The Poor people’s energy outlook (PPEO) presents a unique perspective on energy access in developing countries. It reports in unprecedented detail the experiences of energy use and deprivation of people living in poverty. The PPEO is an annual publication, now in its third year.  Consecutive reports have focused on energy use in the...

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Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves in South Asia

Client: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) Country: Nepal, Bangladesh, India Dates: March 2013- February 2014 Lead office:  PAC South Asia Description of Project: This study aims to analyze impacts of clean cooking solutions on women in South Asian Countries of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Specific objectives include: • Analyze and document, through systematic surveys, the impacts of clean cookstoves on women users and their families with respect to overall quality of life, livelihood enhancement, and gender equity • Analyze impacts of w...

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MEGA Malawi

Client: OPEC fund for international development Country: Malawi Dates: April 2013 - present Lead office:  PAC Southern Africa  Description of the project Access to electricity is a fundamental prerequisite for development.  Lack of energy services adversely affects all aspects of people’s lives and livelihoods at home, at work and at community facilities such as health centres and schools. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world.  85% of Malawi’s 15 million population lives in rural areas, of which only 1% has electricit...

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Building Energy Access Markets

Client : EUEI-PDF The development of energy service markets plays a crucial role towards increasing energy access worldwide in an efficient and sustainable manner. The study Building Energy Access Markets, developed jointly by Practical Action Consulting (PAC) and EUEI PDF, was initiated with the aim of designing a new framework to systematically and comprehensively analyse and assess decentralised energy service markets. This framework is aimed at development professionals at policy and practitioner level, as well as the interested public. It can be applied...

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Energy Demand Study

    Client:  UNICEF Country:  Zimbabwe Dates: 01/12.2014- 31/03/2015 Lead office: PAC Southern Africa This research study focused on understanding how women, men and children living in fuelwood deficient regions similar to the Seke Communal lands are coping with energy for cooking. It looked at the current cooking practices, energy resources and the impact these have on women and children. The Seke Communal lands are adjacent to Chitungwiza which is 25 km from Harare. The study aimed at: i) assessing the socio-economic impacts of the curren...

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Business Innovation Facility (2) : Pico Solar Products

Client: DFID Country: Malawi Dates: 4/02/2014 - present Lead office: PAC Southern Africa The Business Innovation Facility aims to achieve poverty reduction by providing consultancy support to the private sector. BIF will work with companies to grow inclusive business models and tackle constraints that affect the whole market. The programme will operate for four to five years, initially in the selected markets of Pico Solar Products, Pigeon Peas and Rice in Malawi. The three markets were selected based upon their potential for growth, relevance to the poor, and where BIF c...

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PAC inclusive markets projects

Bankability and Financial Closure of Kufandada and Bindagombe Irrigation Schemes

Client: CRIDF Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility - DFID Country: Zimbabwe Dates: 5/05/2014-15/03/2015 Lead office: PAC Southern Africa Ecorys UK contracted PAC SnA to provide consultancy services for CRIDF, the DFID’s new flagship water infrastructure program for Southern Africa. The main purpose of the assignment was add value to the first study undertaken by the unit for CRIDF and to develop a bankable market oriented agricultural model for this irrigation scheme. The report looked at the economic viability of the two irrigation schemes in M...

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PAC climate change adaptation projects

Economic Impact Assessment of Climate Change

Client: Government of Nepal Country: Nepal Origin of funding: CDKN Dates: March 2012- August 2014 Lead office: PAC Nepal Description of the Project The Government of Nepal, supported by CDKN, have  implemented a study “Economic Impact Assessment of Climate Change in Key Sectors in Nepal” with technical support from Integrated Development Society (IDS) Nepal, Practical Action Consulting (PAC) Nepal and the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP), UK. The study aims to better understand the economic impacts of present and future climate change in Nep...

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Practical Action Consulting: DFID CEIL PEAKS frameworks

Client: DFID Regions: International Lead Office: PAC UK DFID Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods (CEIL) Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (PEAKS) frameworks.    Work carried out by PAC team under this framework: 1. Climate and Environment Assessment - Trade and Global Value Chains (TGVC) Initiative (2013-15) Practical Action was requested by DFID to carry out a climate and environmental assessment as part of the Business Case for the Trade and Global Value Chains Initiative.  The UK will provide up to £3.8 mil...

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PAC training projects

PMSD Training of Christian Aid Staff Ghana

Client: Christian Aid Country: Ghana Lead office: PAC UK Description of Project: Following the Global Market Access Summit in July 2012, country teams made commitments to roll out Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD) approach as a strategy for supporting market development initiatives in  Africa. The team has completed piloting PMSD in 3 countries; Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Christian Aid and Practical Action Consulting have seen it fit to broaden the collaboration while rolling out PMSD approach. The partnership and the outcome of the same will be used for lea...

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PAC knowledge and communications projects

Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA)

This is the project summary for Practical Action Consulting's Evidence and Lessons from Latin America: A Synthesis of Policy and Research Lessons from Latin America' project

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Poor people's energy outlook reports

Client: Practical Action  Origin of funding: Practical Action, GIZ, UNDP Country: International Project Value: £100 000 (per annum) Dates: Annual publication Lead Office: PAC UK Description of the Project: The Poor people’s energy outlook (PPEO) presents a unique perspective on energy access in developing countries. It reports in unprecedented detail the experiences of energy use and deprivation of people living in poverty. The PPEO is an annual publication, now in its third year.  Consecutive reports have focused on energy use in the...

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IDRC Think Tank Initiative

Client: IDRC Region: Latin America, South Asia Project value: £750 000 Lead office:  PAC UK Description of Project: The Think Tank Initiative (TTI) is a multi-donor program dedicated to strengthening the capacity of independent policy research organizations in the developing world. Launched in 2008 and managed by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Initiative is a partnership between five donors. The Initiative currently provides 48 think tanks in 22 countries with core, non-earmarked funding. This support allows the in...

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