Our Partners


Collaboration is a vital strand in Practical Action’s DNA and our partnerships are the foundations all our work is built upon.

Collaboration with many other groups and organisations is essential to the success of our international efforts. This page features some of our global partners. Our local partners are featured on the relevant country pages.

We were honoured to have our approach to partnering in Bangladesh recognised with the 2019 Collaboration Award from BOND, the UK network for organisations working in international development.


Watch the video to see how locally developed solutions, involving many partners, can become global solutions that can benefit millions.

We are grateful for the strong support of institutional funding partners, who trust us to contribute to their development goals. These include the international development departments and embassies of national governments, including the UK, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland the USA and also the Isle of Man and Jersey.


We also receive significant funding from multi-national and umbrella organisations, including the European Union, UN agencies, ADB and the World Bank and specialist funding frameworks such as EnDev and the Nordic Development Fund.




We have strong partnerships with large foundations and trusts who provide significant funding for our work. These include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Comic Relief, the Maxwell Stuart Charitable Trust, the IKEA Foundation, the Z Zurich Foundation, the H&M Foundation and the The Poul Due Jensen Foundation.


We carry out projects for and work alongside many other international development groups, large and small. Below are the logos of just a small selection:


We are also proud to be associated with a number of leading universities and scientific bodies, with whom we collaborate on research and development projects. These include the University of Reading (UK), Lund University (Sweden), Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria (Peru), Universidad Católica Boliviana “San Pablo” (Bolivia) and The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK).


Our Development Education team works in association with a number of influential organisations to help young people learn about world issues. These include:

We are grateful to receive ongoing support from other companies, specialist organisations, membership associations and communications partners, just a few of whom are featured below.


Contact Us

If you or your organisation would like to explore how we might work together to help people tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges, we’d love to hear from you.


Trusts and Foundations  

Catherine Smith

Partnerships Team


+44 (0)1926 634493


Ian Derbyshire

Partnerships Team


+44 (0)1926 634527

Communications Partnerships Andy Heath

Communications Team


+44 (0)1926 634552 or

+44 (0)7800 884267


Julie Brown

Education Team


+44 (0)1926 634526

Institutional Partners  

Sarah Sandon

International Programmes Team


+44 (0)1926 634497