Practical Action organisation

Practical Action

Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.

We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions - transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.


Practical Action is a registered charity in the UK and a company limited by guarantee, under the direction of a Board of Trustees. The senior management team, which has executive responsibilities, is called the Strategy Leadership Team (SLT) and it comprises the Chief Executive and twelve Directors, including seven Country and Regional Directors.

Registered address: The Schumacher Centre, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby CV23 9QZ, United Kingdom. | Registered charity No 247257 | Company Reg No 871954, England | VAT No 880 9924 76 |


The charity has two wholly-owned trading subsidiaries, and three dormant.

Practical Action Publishing Ltd – Activities comprise book and journal publishing, book distribution and publishing services, mainly for development professionals, practitioners and researchers worldwide. These activities are in line with the Charity’s charitable objectives.

Practical Action Consulting Ltd – Provides high quality, independent and professional advice to governments, NGOs, aid agencies and the private sector. It operates regional offices in the UK, Eastern, Western and Southern Africa, Asia and Latin America. During the year it has expanded its operations in these areas opening offices in Nepal, Rwanda, India, Bangladesh and developing activities in Malawi and West Africa. Practical Action Consulting works in the following main sectors: energy, water and sanitation, market development, agriculture and food production, disaster risk reduction, knowledge and communications and adaptation to climate change. The company’s expertise in these sectors includes technology assessment and feasibility studies, social and economic analysis, market appraisals, policy option assessments, private and public sector involvement, institutional and organisational development.

ATS Property Holdings (Pvt) Ltd [Sri Lanka subsidiary] – dormant

Intermediate Technology Publications Ltd – dormant

Intermediate Technology Development Group Ltd – dormant

Programme work

Practical Action's projects are organised under four programme themes:

Two cross-cutting themes are also present across our work:

Where we work

The four programmes operate across our country and regional offices:

In addition to these seven offices, Practical Action also has a Head Office in the UK, with responsibility for coordinating group finances, management, knowledge sharing, fundraising and marketing.

Practical Action was formerly known as Intermediate Technology Development Group Ltd (ITDG). It changed its working name to Practical Action in June 2005, and its legal name to Practical Action Ltd in November 2008. Since September 2009 the legal name is Practical Action.

Registered address

Practical Action
The Schumacher Centre,
Bourton on Dunsmore,
Rugby CV23 9QZ,
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1926 634400

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