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Last year we used technology to help 1.7 million people out of poverty

Technology can play a critical role in solving major challenges facing humanity: poverty and climate change.

But while cutting-edge science and innovation is benefitting billions of people, a billion more are left behind.

Our approach

We ask people what problems they face – and what knowledge and skills they already have.

We bring together scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and politicians – and use our expertise to allow technology to transform the lives of women and men living in poverty.

We want to inspire others to take up this approach – so we use our projects to demonstrate what works and show the world how technology can be used for good.

 

In Africa we have been working with rural communities to provide off-grid renewable energy so people in areas vulnerable to drought have dependable access to clean water, and can irrigate their farmland, whatever the weather.

In Latin America we are working with people living in homes threatened by landslides and floods. We use 3D printing, digital mapping, mobile phones and early warning systems to make sure they are prepared for emergencies.

In South Asia, slum communities have revolutionised the way they dispose of human waste after we brought them together with local politicians and engineers to design an innovative way of giving human waste a value – by turning faeces into fuel and fertilizer.

 

By always keeping people at the heart of our work and using technology for good, we believe we can improve the lives of everyone.

Our vision

Our vision is for a world where all people have access to the technologies that enable them to meet their basic needs and reach their potential, in a way that safeguards the planet today, and for future generations.

Our mission

To develop and demonstrate practical, technology-based solutions that enable women and men living in or vulnerable to poverty, to lead dignified lives.

To partner with people whose lives are transformed by these efforts and with a range of other organisations: ensuring local ownership, and that the solutions work in the longer term without us.

To inspire change through the widespread adoption of sustainable technologies that work - socially, economically and environmentally, so that more people living in or vulnerable to poverty benefit from our learning.

Our ambition

Our ambition is that by 2030 we will have transformed the way technology is used to improve the lives of people living in, or vulnerable to poverty

Contact us

Head office: practicalaction@practicalaction.org.uk | +44 (0) 1926 634400 | International offices

General enquiries: enquiries@practicalaction.org.uk

For specific technical enquiries, please visit our Technical Enquiry Service

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