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Practical Action appoints new chair of trustees

Practical Action appoints new chair of trustees

News   •   Apr 23, 2019 14:17 BST

Innovative international development group, Practical Action, is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Yvonne Pinto as their new chair of trustees.

Practical Action welcomes Penny Mordaunt’s climate warning at World Bank summit

Practical Action welcomes Penny Mordaunt’s climate warning at World Bank summit

News   •   Apr 12, 2019 09:36 BST

Climate change experts at Practical Action have welcomed the International Development Secretary’s climate warning and are calling for investment in ingenious solutions to make the world’s poorest more resilient to disasters caused by climate change.

Practical Action calls for new response to climate change

Practical Action calls for new response to climate change

News   •   Apr 02, 2019 11:25 BST

The aid community must change their approach to face a new climate reality, avoid massive loss of life and protect millions of dollars’ of investment in development work.

Global Distributors Collective launches Innovation Challenge

Global Distributors Collective launches Innovation Challenge

Press releases   •   Mar 25, 2019 14:53 GMT

The Global Distributors Collective (GDC), a collective of over 100 last mile distribution companies coordinated by Practical Action, which aims to help make life-changing products affordable and available to all, today launched its pioneering Innovation Challenge.

Emergency funds released to support recovery from Cyclone Idai

Emergency funds released to support recovery from Cyclone Idai

News   •   Mar 22, 2019 12:46 GMT

Practical Action has released emergency funds to enable staff in Malawi and Zimbabwe assess damage and work with communities affected by Cyclone Idai to rebuild so they are more resilient to climate change in future

Practical Action wins prestigious sector award for work on waste management in Bangladesh

Practical Action wins prestigious sector award for work on waste management in Bangladesh

News   •   Mar 18, 2019 19:13 GMT

Practical Action has been announced as the winner of the BOND collaboration award, which recognises the importance of effective relationships and collaborations across the international development sector to create transformational change on a global level.

Cyclone Idai hits Southern Africa

Cyclone Idai hits Southern Africa

News   •   Mar 18, 2019 14:41 GMT

A cyclone has hit Southern Africa over the weekend, affecting some of Zimbabwe’s poorest people.

Practical Action Publishing wins first ever Small Press of the Year Award

Practical Action Publishing wins first ever Small Press of the Year Award

News   •   Mar 18, 2019 08:27 GMT

Practical Action Publishing has been crowned the Midlands regional winner of the first ever British Book Awards: Small Press of the Year Award at the London Book Fair at Olympia, now in its 48th year.

“We need to talk about poo” shortlisted for international award

“We need to talk about poo” shortlisted for international award

News   •   Mar 12, 2019 11:09 GMT

Practical Action has been shortlisted for a BOND collaboration award, which recognises the importance of effective relationships and collaborations across the international development sector to create transformational change on a global level .

Isle of Man students given the chance to learn how solar can help people adapt to climate change

Isle of Man students given the chance to learn how solar can help people adapt to climate change

Press releases   •   Feb 19, 2019 14:51 GMT

Practical Action have launched a brand new challenge aimed at Isle of Man students which is designed to show how solar energy can transform the lives of African farmers. Running alongside it is a design competition which could earn the winning school £100 worth of STEM kit.

Exciting new project launched to help young farmers in Kenya earn an income they can rely on

Exciting new project launched to help young farmers in Kenya earn an income they can rely on

News   •   Feb 15, 2019 09:46 GMT

Practical Action has been awarded a grant of €6.4 million by the IKEA Foundation to help smallholder farmers in Kenya.

Zimbabwean staff say Practical Action work now more vital than ever

Zimbabwean staff say Practical Action work now more vital than ever

News   •   Jan 22, 2019 14:17 GMT

Climate change and protests underline why Practical Action's long term development approach is vital to addressing the huge problems currently faced by the country. Staff call for the UK public to support the Planting for Progress appeal after first dry Christmas in the country for decades.

Practical Action Bangladesh wins first ever UN World Soil Day award

Practical Action Bangladesh wins first ever UN World Soil Day award

News   •   Jan 17, 2019 13:39 GMT

Practical Action has been awarded the World Soil Day Award (WSDA) 2018 by the UN General Assembly, for organising the best World Soil Day celebration in 2017 raising awareness of soil rejuvenation.

Global aid group searches for new Chair of Trustees

Global aid group searches for new Chair of Trustees

Press releases   •   Dec 11, 2018 12:38 GMT

Practical Action has begun its search for a new Chair of Trustees as its current chair Helena Molyneux comes to the end of her six-year term of service.

Rugby charity launches ingenious Christmas appeal

Rugby charity launches ingenious Christmas appeal

News   •   Dec 10, 2018 10:27 GMT

A campaign to help Zimbabwean farmers and their families double their harvest was launched today by Rugby-based poverty organisation, Practical Action.

Aid group warns climate change could plunge hundreds of millions of people into poverty

Aid group warns climate change could plunge hundreds of millions of people into poverty

News   •   Dec 06, 2018 13:28 GMT

Hundreds of millions more people will fall into poverty unless rapid action is taken to prevent a 1.5 degree rise in global temperatures, says Practical Action’s climate change expert Jonathan Casey.

Global Distributors Collective launches

Global Distributors Collective launches

Press releases   •   Nov 21, 2018 08:30 GMT

Global innovator Practical Action, alongside partners Hystra and BoP Innovation Center, is today launching the Global Distributors Collective (GDC), which aims to help make life-changing products affordable and available to all.

Happy Birthday HRH The Prince of Wales

Happy Birthday HRH The Prince of Wales

News   •   Nov 14, 2018 09:04 GMT

Today we are wishing our patron HRH The Prince of Wales a very Happy 70th Birthday.

Photography exhibition officially launched by award-winning photographer

Photography exhibition officially launched by award-winning photographer

News   •   Oct 25, 2018 12:27 BST

Award-winning photographer Tom Oldham officially launched an exhibition of his photography at The Prince’s Foundation in Shoreditch this week.

Rugby Town Centre to host new global poverty innovation headquarters

Rugby Town Centre to host new global poverty innovation headquarters

News   •   Sep 15, 2018 11:53 BST

Warwickshire-based international development organisation, Practical Action is to move to Rugby town centre.