New report shows how reforming energy financing can radically hasten energy access

News   •   Apr 05, 2017 14:01 BST

​Poor families in developing countries are being denied access to basic technology and services by financial systems which fail to bring them modern energy.

Practical Action wins top international renewable energy and sustainability prize

Press Releases   •   Jan 16, 2017 17:25 GMT

UK-based non-profit organisation Practical Action acknowledged for extensive work in installing off-grid renewable energy solutions in poor communities

Practical Action's climate change work on BBC Click

News   •   Aug 09, 2018 11:26 BST

Practical Action Bangladesh’s climate change and flood resilience work has been featured on BBC Click, the BBC’s flagship technology programme.

A global movement to save lives and livelihoods when floods strike is to enter a second phase

News   •   Jul 04, 2018 13:46 BST

Practical Action will again be partnering with Zurich Insurance and other leading organisations from the academic and humanitarian development sector – to lead cutting-edge research, action and policy influence around floods and resilience.

Development charity looks for new talent

Press Releases   •   Jun 22, 2018 14:22 BST

Innovative development charity Practical Action is set to recruit new members to its marketing and fundraising team as part of a transformation of the way in which it communicates and fundraises.

The Warwickshire-based charity will be rebranding, developing a new website and moving into new offices in the centre of Rugby over the course of the next year.

As part of that process, it will be recruiting new members of staff into its record breaking marketing and fundraising team.

They will be focusing on building the organisation’s supporter base and portfolio of individual donors, building new partnerships with philanthropists and businesses, in addition to bringing a new tone of voice to life.

Director of Marketing Rachel Hudson said: “This transformation marks the beginning of an exciting time at Practical Action. The rebrand will breathe new life into our work, will better express our unique approach to development and tell the amazing stories of the people we work with and the projects we’re involved in which tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges.”

Practical Action is a global innovator, inspiring people to discover and adopt ingenious, practical ways to free themselves from poverty and disadvantage.

Improving harvests through planet-friendly farming innovations. Transforming lives through affordable, renewable energy. Reducing vulnerability created by climate change or disaster. Demonstrating sustainable ways to improve clean water access and sanitation. Unlocking economic opportunities that allow whole communities to thrive.

Just a few of the ways we help people unleash their potential and protect our world for future generations. 

For more information visit the website.

Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.

Our strength is our approach. We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions - transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.

By doing this each year we help around a million people break out of the cycle of poverty ... for good. 

Innovative development charity Practical Action is set to recruit new members to its marketing and fundraising team as part of a transformation of the way in which it communicates and fundraises.

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Practical Action recognised for its contribution to Nepalese micro hydropower sector

News   •   May 21, 2018 11:26 BST

Practical Action has received an award for its work in implementing micro hydro systems in Nepal.

Charity uses 3D printing and microcomputers to save lives in Peru

News   •   May 21, 2018 11:21 BST

Practical Action is using 3D printing and microcomputers to save lives when floods strike in Peru.

Renewable energy to enable refugees to transform their lives

Press Releases   •   Apr 22, 2018 09:00 BST

A huge investment by the IKEA Foundation is set to showcase the power of renewable energy for refugees. It will change culture towards entrepreneurship and reducing dependency on aid. The new project will be implemented by Practical Action and UNHCR

Practical Action to host side event to the Skoll World Forum

News   •   Apr 03, 2018 11:31 BST

Practical Action will be hosting a side event to the Skoll World Forum entitled ‘Innovations in Last Mile Distribution’. The event will be on April 12th at Vincent’s Club in Oxford in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Practical Action signs up to new safeguarding standards

News   •   Mar 21, 2018 12:49 GMT

Practical Action has committed to signing up to a set of new safeguarding standards after attending a summit with The UK Government and other international development organisations.

The commitment can be read here

Practical Action has also made public its response to DFID regarding safeguarding and sexual abuse. The full response is attached below.

Practical Action has signed up to safeguarding standards and released its response to the UK Government regarding safeguarding and sexual abuse.

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