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.


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

Talking shit at FSM4 Conference - Feedback on our sanitation work in Bangladesh

Talking about shit for a week in India — a fascinating context to present our sanitation work! India, a country that has undertaken a huge and ambitious national scale clean-up campaign (Swachh Bharat/Clean India Mission), hosted the 4th Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Conference ...
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Bidding adieu to 2016 : 10 best examples of practical solutions from India

With a number of challenges on the field and off the field, the team in India has managed to deliver some good sustainable practical solutions in last couple of years. Moving ahead for an eventful 2017 and with added challenges and milestones, I thought of ending the year with looking back at the...
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‘Sunolo Sakhi’, let's do the #PeriodTalk

Written by Aurosmita Acharya, Journalist, DNA, India ‘Sunolo Sakhi’, literally meaning 'Sisters, let's listen', was broadcast for the first time this year on February 6 on a community radio station in Bhubaneswar. Aiming to spread awareness and bust taboos, especially in slum areas, the rad...
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Innovative online monitoring of WASH in Bangladesh

If you are busy in the office, travelling, at home or wherever you are in the world you can watch great achievements! In a remote area of Bangladesh just 5 seconds ago a female leader put an update online with GPS location and engaging photographs about a hand washing device installed this mornin...
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10 reasons why Practical Action is the best organisation I have worked in so far

Since, I started my professional work life on 1 April 2010, I have served 8 different organisations in just 6 years and freelanced for numbers of other organisations voluntarily and also as consultants before. I clearly remember 13 July 2015, the day I had joined Practical Action, it was just ...
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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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