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So that living in a slum isn’t a life sentence.


1 country. 1.3 billion people.


Home to some of our planet’s most ancient surviving civilisations, the Indian subcontinent – from the jungles of Burma to the mountainous Afghan frontier and the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean – is vast and varied in its people, language and cultural traditions. It’s also tackling huge, social, economic and environmental problems.

We have two offices in India. Much of our consulting work is based at our Delhi office, while our project work is administrated from our office in Odisha.

Our focus in India is on helping people living in the city slums live healthier, happier, more productive lives. We do this through improving hygiene, making sure people have basic amenities such as fresh water and waste disposal services. Our energy programme helps people to access another necessity – electricity.

Nearly a quarter of India’s population – about 276 million people – live on less than $1.25 a day. We know how to help.



Last year, we improved access to safe drinking water and sanitation services for communities in Odisha in India, with the support of H&M Foundation, who donated £1 million to help us build improved toilets and waste treatment systems.


Funding Partners

Funding partners for our work in India include:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
  • Clean Energy Access Network
  • AB In-Bev
  • H&M Foundation
  • Nirmal project funded by BMGF


India – Odisha

Postal address: Practical Action, Plot No: H-4, BJB Nagar, Lewis Road, Bhubaneswar – 751014, Odisha, India

Telephone: +91 (0) 674 2430135

+91 (0) 674 2431220
+91 (0) 674 2432836

India – Delhi

Postal address: Practical Action Consulting, A1 – 178, lower ground floor, (Near Jerusalem Marthoma Church), Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi – 110029, India

Telephone: + 91- 991148871