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According to UNHCR, we are seeing the highest levels of displacement on record, with 65.6 million people uprooted and 22.5 million refugees worldwide. Conflict and war has forced families to flee from their homes, leaving behind everything and setting up new lives, often in camps.

Lack of access of basic services and infrastructure keeps refugees dependent on aid, affects their health and forces them to put careers, aspirations and personal development on hold. Refugees are often in these situations for the long-term, with no safe home to return to.

Our work in renewable energy for refugees demonstrates how access to energy can transform people’s lives, whatever their circumstances and waste management keeps families safe from disease.
Find out more about our projects below.

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Moving Energy Initiative

Practical Action is working in partnership with Chatham House, UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council on the Moving Energy Initiative (MEI). This innovative project seeks to meet the energy needs of displaced people in a sustainable way, developing solutions for heating, cooking, lighting and water and sanitation.

Moving Energy Initiative

Renewable Energy for Refugees

Working in partnership with UNHCR and supported by the IKEA Foundation, the Renewable Energy for Refugees project will help refugees and their host communities access finance, training, technology and expertise to facilitate renewable energy powering homes, schools, health clinics and businesses, enabling refugees to flourish and move from reliance on aid to economic independence.

Renewable Energy for Refugees (RE4R)

Safe Sanitation for Refugees

Our expertise in delivering faecal sludge management systems in Bangladesh has enabled Practical Action to help manage the safe disposal of human waste in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Safe disposal of waste stops the spread of sickness and disease and keeps families healthy.

Managing the sanitation challenge for Rohingya refugees

 

 

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