Practical Action respects the privacy of visitors to our website. Our privacy policy sets out the manner in which information about visitors is collected and used. We do not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary.

This website will not share any personal information with third parties. With the exception of credit card details, the information provided to Practical Action is saved indefinitely and may be stored on one or more databases directly maintained by us.

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    A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. This can include IP addresses, browser type, operating system, screen size, referring pages, search terms, pages visited and documents downloaded. You may set your browser's preferences to block the storage of cookies. Please be aware that restricting or blocking cookies may impact on the functionality of the Practical Action website, and in particular, our Practical Answers information service.

    In common with most websites, Practical Action use web server log files to collect aggregate information about visitor behaviour. This information is only stored in aggregate and is not linked to personally identifiable information.

    You can find out more at and, which also provide details on how to delete cookies from your computer and general information about cookies. (Please note that we can't be responsible for the content of external websites.)

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    We sometimes ask you for an e-mail address. This will be:

    • to send you news and information on Practical Action's work and campaigns in form of an e-newsletter (only available by specific request)
    • to follow up a request for technical information, so as to measure the effectiveness of that information
    • to take a campaign action
    • to follow up a feedback form, in order to get a better picture of our audience's needs

    If you sign up for an e-newsletter or take a campaign action, the e-mail address you supply will only be used to send you information on Practical Action's work. If you give us your e-mail address when downloading technical information, that address will only be used to follow up that request or supply updates on our technical information.

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    All our online donations go via a secure server. Data sent to and from this server is encrypted to prevent interception. Credit card details are not kept following a transaction. Practical Action's online donations are managed by Blackbaud and WorldPay.

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    Practical Action holds any details you give us for administration and marketing purposes as a Data Controller. If you do not wish to receive any future information or updates from us at Practical Action please write to the Data Controller at this address: Data Controller, Practical Action, The Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby CV23 9QZ, United Kingdom. Telephone: +44 (0) 1926 634400, e-mail: We will never supply your information to a third party for marketing purposes if you tell us not to.

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