Putting ingenious ideas to work in


To reduce inequality by supporting people in the poorest areas of the world.

A country of extremes


Kenya has seen impressive economic growth over the past decade, but many people are failing to see any benefit. Almost 40% of the population lack opportunities to form a stable income and this disproportionately affects Kenya’s young people.

We’ve had offices in Kenya for over 25 years. In this time we’ve built strong relationships with trusted partners and honed our approach to addressing some of the country’s most challenging problems.

Our Kenya HQ is in Nairobi. We have field offices in Lodwar and Kisumu.

We work with communities throughout Kenya to find practical, lasting solutions that help people lift themselves out of poverty while safeguarding the planet. We focus on increasing resilience to disasters and improving sanitation and hygiene. We also help people use clean cooking fuels and access electricity, whilst supporting smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change and prosper.


“The gap between the rich and poor in Kenya continues to grow. We can help them turn things around”

Our Aims in Kenya


Margaret Kariuku was a Kenyan mother of four who had struggled to find a stable income to provide for herself and her children. With our help, she launched a briquette business in 2015. Two years later she won the Energia Women Entrepreneurship Award – a prize that recognises women who have championed sustainable energy in their community.


Funding Partners

Funding partners for our work in Kenya include:

  • Water Sector Trust Fund
  • FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office UK)
  • Poul Due Jensen Foundation (Grundfos)
  • GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)
  • IKEA Foundation
  • Comic Relief
  • SIDA
  • IFC (International Finance Corporation)
  • Coffey International
  • OPML (Oxford Policy Management)
  • FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations)


Safe Pair of Hands

In Kenya, a powerful mix of improved access to sanitation and better hygiene education is helping clean up slums and protect the people who live in them.

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Postal address: Practical Action, P.O. Box 39493 – 00623, Nairobi, Kenya

Street address: Methodist Ministries Centre
Block A (2nd Floor)
Oloitokitok Road
Off Gitanga Road

Telephone: +254 20 2595 311
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