Practical Action

Practical Action

Type Nonprofit
Website practicalaction.org
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Year founded 1966
Headquarters Rugby United Kingdom United Kingdom
Budget USD 20M-49M
Functions Advocacy, Education and training, Fieldwork, Research
Funding sources Foundations or grants, Services
Tags development climate water poverty waste
Summary Practical Action is an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world. Practical Action helps people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems – made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop lasting and locally-owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. Practical Action was founded as Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) by E.F. ‘Fritz’ Schumacher, a visionary who challenged the aid policies of the 1960s and author of 'Small is Beautiful'. He argued against the transfer of modern, capital-intensive and large-scale technologies to developing countries that did not have the financial resources, technical skills or mass markets to accommodate them. Instead he proposed a shift in emphasis towards ‘intermediate technologies’ based on the needs and skills of people in developing countries.


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Publications

Energy that transforms for a - BETTER WORLD Energy Capability Statement

Practical Action · 16 February 2021 English

We also address the appropriate and participatory governance of renewable energy systems (bringing together communities, government authorities and the private sector), and the need to implement relevant finance mechanisms (that …


Farming that works for a - BETTER WORLD Agriculture Capacity Statement

Practical Action · 3 February 2021 English

We develop approaches and train farmers to adopt practises that protect natural capital and which lead to sustainable production increases, adaptation to climate change and reduction of GHG emissions. [...] …


Annual Report and Accounts - 2019 - 2020 - Big change starts …

Practical Action · 14 January 2021 English

While we are weathering the storm better than many, However, I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved in In the autumn of 2019, I visited Bangladesh and had the the …


Practical Action GLOBAL COMPLAINTS FRAMEWORK Big change starts small

Practical Action · 11 January 2021 English

Not all complaints or concerns need to be dealt with in the same way and Practical Action has a suite of policies and procedures designed for staff, donors, beneficiaries, partners …


Practical Action SAFEGUARDING POLICY Big change starts small

Practical Action · 11 January 2021 English

Sexual activity with children (persons under the age of 18) is prohibited regardless of the local age of consent or local/national laws of the relevant country; ignorance or mistaken belief …


Building resilience for a - BETTER WORLD - Capacity Statement: Disaster Risk …

Practical Action · 25 September 2020 English

To achieve this, we focus on developing early warning systems and climate information services, applying our expertise in research and innovation, last mile early warning and communication, knowledge management, and …


Practical Action - GROUP PRIVACY INFORMATION Big change starts small

Practical Action · 23 June 2020 English

Requesting information if you are attending our events If you participate in an event that we have organised, we may ask you to provide information to make sure we can …


Chair’s Circle 1

Practical Action · 15 May 2020 English

The exceptional support and commitment of Chair’s Circle members is a vital resource, allowing us to plan ahead with certainty, to achieve the bigger changes we seek. [...] With your …


Practical Action - GENDER POLICY - Big change starts small

Practical Action · 24 February 2020 English

This includes: in how we recruit and nurture staff in our organisational culture, behaviours and ways of working in our programmes and projects to achieve our change ambitions in our …


Global Diversity and Dignity at Work Policy here

Practical Action · 7 February 2020 English

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and seek to build a culture of meritocracy, openness, fairness and transparency where we benefit from a variety of viewpoints and …


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