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A global innovator, inspiring people to discover and adopt ingenious, practical ways to free themselves from poverty.
Our story

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 innovative thinking and technical knowledge, we enable communities to build on their skills and experience to produce practical solutions to their most pressing needs. We believe the right idea can transform lives forever, allow people to live in dignity and protect the world. Last year we worked with 2.1 million people to help them break out of the cycle of poverty ….for good.

We believe that no organization alone can bring about the changes needed to benefit everyone. To make the change happen, we will engage and inspire practitioners, policy-makers, markets, funders and communities to work together, so our work can impact the lives of far more people than we can reach directly.

We work to end poverty

Technology is key to ending poverty. Technology doesn’t mean just physical infrastructure, machinery and equipment – it’s also the knowledge, skills and capacity to organize and use these effectively. Practical Action currently has 104 projects in developing countries around the world.

From 2017 - 2020 we will continue to focus on improved access to: energysustainable agricultureurban water, sanitation and waste services and disaster risk reduction.

  • Energy access
    • We work with communities to develop renewable energy, using natural resources such as water, wind, sun and waste.
  • Food and agriculture
    • Our agricultural work introduces communities to affordable, long-term solutions including renewable energy for water management and irrigation, access to finance, and climate resistant crops for better yields and increased income.
  • Urban water and waste
    • We work with communities to get clean water for drinking, washing, cooking and agriculture - helping to improve sanitation and health.
  • Disaster risk reduction
    • Rather than emergency relief after the event, we work with communities to help them to prepare for, cope with and adapt to future hazards.

Practical Action works with communities around the world

We have offices in KenyaZimbabweSenegalPeruBoliviaSudanNepalIndia and Bangladesh, and our consultancy work extends across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Our expertises
  • Africa | East
  • Africa | South
  • Africa | West
  • Americas | South America
  • Asia | South

Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Peru, Bolivia, Sudan, Nepal, India, Bangladesh

Get in touch
25 Albert Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, Europe
Oloitokitok Road, Nairobi, Kenya, Kenya, Africa
4 Ludlow Road, Harare, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, Africa
Boulevard du President Habib Bourguiba, Dakar, Senegal, Senegal, Africa
Av. Arequipa 4499, Miraflores, Peru, Peru, South America
La Paz, Bolivia, Bolivia, South America
Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepal, Asia
Odisha, India, India, Asia
Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Bangladesh, Asia
Khartoum, Sudan, Sudan, Africa

Get in contact with us and send an open job application by showing your skills and work experience. Many thanks for your interest!