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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Call to for better access to basic products

New report puts a spotlight on businesses that enable basic technologies to reach 'last-mile' communities

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Report highlights ineffective response to leading cause of child mortality

A global lack of investment in handwashing to combat malnutrition, stunting and a leading cause of death in children under 5 has been condemned in a new report.

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Stop the Spread - a winning formula

Two students from Felsted School in Essex, were the winners of the Discovery Award at the Youth Grand Challenges competition held in London yesterday

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Ropeways: connecting rural communities

By Sanjib Chaudhary and Ganesh R Sinkemana If you look up at the steep hills mounting over the Budhiganga River at Tapti...
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The power to transform communities

The village of Amaguaya sits on the slopes of the Cordillera Real mountain range in Bolivia about 4,000 metres above sea level.  Alt...
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Is the snail accelerating?

With the first week of the conference done and dusted, where are we in negotiations? In September I wrote about the Gov...
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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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