Practical Action staff work together with communities to find practical solutions to the poverty they face. We adopt a collaborative approach, sharing knowledge and ideas to bring about real and sustained changes. We believe poor people should have greater choice and control over their own lives so we promote technical innovation that is likely to support this - we help people help themselves. Generally, this means technology that is ‘human scale’ and that can be understood, managed and sustained locally.
But we also go further than this. We adapt existing technologies, making sure that success in one country can form a template for success in another. Consequently, our projects make an impact far beyond the communities that initially benefit. We build on successful pilot projects and proven technologies by encouraging communities, governments or other development agencies to adopt them so that more people can benefit.