Strategic Partners

We build long-term relationships with strategic partners to help create sustainable futures for the world’s poorest people. We work with socially conscious, pioneering organisations to develop joint programmes, test new ideas and use the power of business to find innovative solutions to major global challenges.

A corporate partnership with Practical Action benefits both our work and the partner business. It allows us to tap into valuable innovation, expertise, scale, and funding support. And for our partners, it’s the opportunity to transform communities, enhance their reputation and undertake critical research and development.

We’re proud of our track record of working with innovative strategic partners, both small and large, to deliver substantial social and business impact.

The Zurich Insurance Group has supported Practical Action since 2004. In response to an increase in severe flooding around the world, Zurich launched the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance in 2013. The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is funded by Zurich Insurance through the Z Zurich Foundation.

The Alliance brings together the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the Wharton Business School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Centre, and Practical Action. The partnership is supporting us to build community flood resilience in Bangladesh, Peru and Nepal through the Zurich Flood Resilience Programme.

 

Ian Derbyshire
Email: ian.derbyshire@practicalaction.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1926 634 527

A partnership with the IKEA Foundation is bringing renewable energy to refugees and their host communities. Jointly with UNHCR, our three year partnership with IKEA Foundation will provide 60,000 displaced people in Jordan and Rwanda with access to off-grid renewable energy so they can power their homes, schools, clinics and businesses. The project will bring clean, renewable energy for lighting, cooking and powering tools and appliances, allowing entrepreneurs to flourish and enabling the socio-economic integration of refugees in to local society.

We’ve also recently started a new project in Kenya, with the support of funding from the IKEA Foundation. This work will help young people in Kisumu and Homa Bay in Kenya to earn a decent income through sustainable farming and break the cycle of increasing poverty in rural communities.

 

Ian Derbyshire
Email: ian.derbyshire@practicalaction.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1926 634 527

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M group. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas.

Funding from the H&M Foundation is allowing us to enable slum communities in Choudwar, India, to improve their health through better access to safe drinking water and sanitation services and safely managed faecal sludge. The key to the success of this project will be the new faecal sludge treatment plant, the first of its kind in the state. This will provide for the safe disposal of sludge collected from pit latrines in the city and will serve as a model for other communities and small towns in the state as well as in the country.

 

Ruth Baker
Email: ruth.baker@practicalaction.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1926 634 524

The Poul Due Jensen Foundation supports projects bringing safe and affordable drinking water to rural communities in developing countries and the world’s forgotten refugee camps. They also support selected Danish research environments within technical research and natural science, and push for labour market inclusion in Central Denmark Region.

Our work with the Foundation is bringing solar-powered safe drinking water to more than 20,000 people in four communities in Malawi, served by eight boreholes. The project will generate over 200KW to power schools, clinics, businesses and irrigation schemes – transforming the education, health, wellbeing and earning opportunities of local communities.

 

Andy Brown
Email: andy.brown@practicalaction.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1926 634463