Nodepage

Urban poverty

World population is increasing rapidly with three-quarters of the increase occurring in developing countries. Unfortunately, infrastructure and basic service development have not increased at the same rate and in countries where sanitation, roads, water, and other services were already under-developed, towns and cities are struggling to accommodate the unprecedented upsurge in urban populations. The result is hundreds of millions of people living in overcrowded, neglected urban slums that pose serious risks to their lives.

Projects

Urban water and waste projects

Current and recent projects to improve access to drinking water, sanitation and waste services for the urban poor.

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Examples of our approach

Home composting

Introducing home composting bins to poor families in order to turn generated waste into useful rich compost for vegetable gardens.

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Slum improvement

Practical Action is helping to improve the standard of living in slums, sustainably, so that future generations can have adequate access to basic services such as electricity, water and sanitation, housing, or household waste collection.

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Urban waste management

Waste management brings improvements to the health of the slum dwelling families with the creation of safer healthier places to live and work.

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Urban waste pickers in Nepal

Urban waste pickers are among the poorest people in Nepal. Practical Action is working with waste pickers in the Kathmandu valley to improve their living conditions and protect their interests.

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Latest news from our blogs

Chief Minister inaugurates Dhenkanal’s pioneering faecal sludge treatment plant, Odisha, India

26th October 2018 marked a landmark moment for the town of Dhenkanal, with the ceremonial inauguration of the town’s faecal sludge treatment plant. The ceremony was presided over by the State’s Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik (the elected head of the state government). In a true sign...
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The change we want to see for urban slum dwellers

Last week the World Bank released an update of its ‘What a Waste’ report. It highlights how over 90% of waste in low-income countries is openly dumped or burned. This affects everyone, but impacts poor people the most. Rubbish is rarely effectively collected in their neighbourhoods. It causes pol...
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My kind of heroes … the unsung WASHeroes of Gulariya

“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory.” Ernst F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered Monday, 25 May 2015 was a memorable day in Gulariya - the day the town declared itself ‘Open Defecation Free.' This milestone was a...
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World Water Week 2018: highlights from an urban WASH fanatic

Practical Action Publishing was in the forefront for us this year at World Water Week in Stockholm. The event is a key point in the WASH calendar with 3,700 delegates over a packed week of discussion and learning.

Water a cross-cutting issue for all our programmes

Our exhibition st...
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FSM in Bangladesh: How to operationalize the Institutional and Regulatory Framework?

Bangladesh is considered a role model in the world for its achievement in providing access to sanitation for all. Currently, more than 99% of people in Bangladesh use toilets. The positive progress has created challenges. Issues such as how to empty the toilets, and how to deal safely with the fa...
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36th WEDC International Conference

In recognition of our leading role in working with the urban poor in Nakuru, Practical Action helped to organise this year’s WEDC conference. The conference looked at delivering water, sanitation and hygiene services in an uncertain environment and attracted practitioners, researchers, donors and...

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