Our Vision

Our vision is for a world where all people have access to the technologies that enable them to meet their basic needs and reach their potential, in a way that safeguards the planet today, and for future generations.

Our Mission

  • To develop and demonstrate practical, technology based solutions that enable women and men living in or vulnerable to poverty, to lead dignified lives.
  • To partner with people whose lives are transformed by these efforts and with a range of other organisations: ensuring local ownership, and that the solutions work in the longer term without us.
  • To inspire change through the widespread adoption of sustainable technologies that work - socially, economically and environmentally, so that more people living in or vulnerable to poverty benefit from our learning.

Our ambition is that by 2030 we will have transformed the way technology is used to improve the lives of people living in, or vulnerable to poverty.

We believe that people are more likely to adopt a new idea or a new technology if they see it working for themselves, or learn about it from a trusted source.

By 2020 we will work directly with 7.5m people across Asia, Latin America and Africa, to find and demonstrate technologies that can improve their lives.

We also believe that no organisation alone can bring about the changes needed to benefit everyone.

To achieve our ambition, we will do even more to engage and inspire practitioners, policy-makers, markets, funders and communities to work together, so our work can impact the lives of far more people than we can reach directly.

Transforming lives, Inspiring change

Our bold ambition to 2030 builds on 50 years' experience of bringing communities and experts together to find practical, lasting solutions that help people lift themselves out of poverty while safeguarding the environment. Our three-year strategic plan reflects how we will start this journey at country, regional and global levels.

Intermediate technology

Practical Action was founded by radical economist and philosopher Fritz Schumacher, most famous for his 1973 book Small is Beautiful, who argued that there should be a shift in emphasis towards 'intermediate technologies' based on the needs and skills possessed by the people of developing countries.

Schumacher's ideas and philosophy continue to inform and inspire our work around the world.

More on Practical Action's history and founder

Contact us

Registered address: Practical Action, The Robbins Building, 25 Albert Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 2SD, United Kingdom

Head office: practicalaction@practicalaction.org.uk | +44 (0) 1926 634400 | International offices

General enquiries: enquiries@practicalaction.org.uk

For specific technical enquiries, please visit our Technical Enquiry Service

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