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

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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World Urban Forum 9: The good, the same-old, the hopeful, the shocking…

The World Urban Forum (WUF9) is a major conference run every two years by UN-Habitat. This year it took place in the city of Kuala Lumpur from 7-13 February 2018. The last time this global community came together was in October 2016 to negotiate the ‘New Urban Agenda’ – the global urban ag...
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Practical Action working to light Africa

A blog authored by Elizabeth Njoki and Robert Magori Access to modern energy services is a basic prerequisite for socio-economic development. Its effects extend far beyond the energy sector, such as poverty eradication, access to clean water, improved public health, education and wome...
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Trade-offs and choices: realities in urban sanitation projects

Development charities don’t often talk about the difficulties; about the delays and frustrations. They will tell you of the awful situation people faced, and then “ta dah” here’s our solution. Why? Because we don’t want to apportion blame or appear somehow incompetent. But shouldn’t we try to loo...
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Systematic engagement of stakeholders can improve the sanitation situations in Dhenkanal Municipality

Written by Ganesh Parida, Senior Project Officer, Project Nirmal Dhenkanal Municipality, is a small town in the state of Odisha, India. Witha a total area of 30.92 Sq. km and it spreads over 23 municipal Wards. As per the 2011 Census, the total population of the town is 67,414, out of which 34...
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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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