Practical Action Consulting is the dynamic consulting arm of the international NGO Practical Action. Drawing on over 50 years’ of experience and an extensive network of over 2,000 consultants and academic contacts from across the globe, we provide specialist technical expertise in four inter-related areas; farming that works for everyone, resilience that protects, cities fit for people and energy access. Working with a range of stakeholders including local and international NGOs, donor agencies, government departments and the private sector we provide consulting services throughout Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
Beyond a New Normal – The Energy Access Landscape after COVID19
Mary Willcox, PAC International’s Senior Energy Strategy Advisor, recently published a paper which discusses what the energy access landscape might look like after COVID19. The paper highlights the role of energy access in addressing COVID19 and how COVID19, and the measures taken to limit its spread, may affect people, livelihoods and economies in developing countries. It goes on to consider what the energy access landscape may look like in the aftermath of COVID19, and how we can respond to the challenges and opportunities it creates to accelerate energy access provision.
To download and read the full paper, please click here: Beyond a New Normal – The Energy Access Landscape after COVID19
Become an Associate Consultant
We undertake a wide range of consultancy activities and operate a number of rosters which enable us to quickly identify relevant consultants who we may reach out to when the opportunity arises. If you’d like to register as an associate consultant with us please fill out the form below and send, along with a copy of your latest CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team of UK-based consulting staff work from the Practical Action office in Rugby, Warwickshire. The team has solid international experience from living and working in over 40 countries and lead on global/multi-country and multi-region projects. Our UK team focusses on resilience that protects, energy that transforms and farming that works.
Lisa Howes, Managing Director
Tel: +44 (0)1926 634403
Address: The Robbins Building, 25 Albert Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 2SD, United Kingdom
Our consultancy work in the east of Africa began in the early 1990s and has expanded dramatically in the last three decades. We have consultancy offices in Nairobi and Rwanda and our work covers the entire region, in particular, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Jechoniah Kitala, Head of Consulting Unit
Tel: +254 20 2595 311
Address: P.O. Box 39493 – 00623, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +250 782 538 843 | +250 (0)735 332 982
Address: Nyarugenge District, Muhima Sector, Nyabugogo Avenue, Rwanda
Our consulting offices in the south of Africa are in Zimbabwe and Malawi. We have successfully implemented projects in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho.
Kudzai Marovanidze, Regional Director
Tel: +263 4 776 6313
Address: 4 Ludlow Road, Newlands, Harare, Zimbabwe
Our consulting office in the west of Africa opened in Dakar, Senegal, in 2014. We cover all 15 countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and have delivered assignments in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Guinea Bissau, Togo and Ivory Coast.
Our thematic focus is on Resilience that Protects and Energy that Transforms. We have a range of experience and knowledge in these areas including last mile communication, climate information services, community flood resilience, humanitarian energy, private sector support, policy development and market activation.
Some of our key project include:
- Comprehensive Green Lending Support to GCPF Partner Financial Instutions in Senegal
- Renewable Energy for Agricultural Livelihoods in West Africa
- Moving Energy Initiative (MEI)
- ICT & Farming: TICMbay
- Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI)
Get in touch: Mattia Vianello, Regional Director
Address: Mermoz Cité des Administrateurs civils Lot 17 No 4, Dakar, Senegal. PO Box 25660
Our team of consultants based in Lima, Peru, has been providing high-quality consultancy services across Latin America for over twenty years. We focus on farming that works, resilience which protects and energy access for everyone. Most of the work we deliver is in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador however, over the last 10 years we have also delivered work in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia as well as in a further 14 countries in Latin America.
The team is made up of experts from various backgrounds including Livelihoods and Market Development; Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management; Water, Energy and Low Carbon Development and Knowledge Management, Communication and Public Advocacy.
- Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA), 2011 – 2017
This DFID funded work is Practical Action Consulting in Latin America’s flagship programme on Knowledge Management and Learning. The main aim was to improve knowledge of Latin America’s economic, environmental and governance issues among African and Asian policymakers, practitioners and researchers.
- Gender Equality and Climate Compatible Development: Drivers and Challenges to people’s empowerment, 2014 – 2016
Our goal was to manage the production and dissemination of high quality evidence on gender-sensitive approaches to climate compatible development. To read the published CDKN report we produced click here.
- Management of two regional exchange platforms on adaptation to Climate Change, 2016 – 2020
Practical Action Consulting in Latin America developed and managed two virtual online platforms aimed at improving the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of information among decision makers at all levels. The first community of practice was the National Adaptation Plan for Latin America and the second was an Ecosystem based adaptation community of practice. Both platforms look to strengthen south-south cooperation for the exchange of knowledge, peer learning and capacity building.
Get in touch: Jacqueline Gotuzzo, Head of Consultancy & Communications
Tel: (511) 441-2950
Address: Oficina Regional de América Latina, Centro Empresarial Peruano Suizo Av. Aramburú 166 Of. 2A, Miraflores, Lima, Perú
South Asia: Nepal and India
Our South Asia regional consulting office was established in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2008. We also have an office in Delhi, India. We are involved in direct delivery of projects in Nepal, Bangladesh, north east and west India, Bhutan, Myanmar and other region wide projects.
Anuj Dhoj Joshi, Regional Manager
Tel: +977-1-4423639 | +977-1-4423640
Address: Indira House, House No.1114, Panipokhari Hill, Kathmandu, Nepal
Postal address: PO Box 15135, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 0674:2392135 | 0674:2392836
Address: Plot No: M-76, Madhusudan Nagar, Bhubaneswar -751001
Our consulting office in Bangladesh is in Dhaka. We also have offices in Gaibandha, Rangpur, Faridpur, Sirajgonj, Dinajpur and Gazipur. We work in 14 districts throughout the country.
Ishrat Shabnam, Manager
Address: House 28/A, Road 5, Dhanmondi, Dhaka – 1205, Bangladesh