Registered Charity Number: 247257
Practical Action is a development charity with a difference. We know the simplest ideas can have the most profound, life-changing effect on poor people across the world. This is why, for over 40 years, we have been working closely with some of the world’s poorest people using simple technology to fight poverty and transform their lives for the better.
Practical Action has a unique approach to development – we don’t start with technology, but with people. The tools may be simple or sophisticated – but to provide long-term, appropriate and practical answers, they must be firmly in the hands of local people: people who shape technology and control it for themselves.
Using technology to change the world
Practical Action believes that the right idea – however small – can change lives. It can create jobs, improve health and livelihoods, and help people have better lives. That’s why, since 1966, we’ve been working with poor people to develop the skills and technology that will enable them to build a better future.
Practical Action’s approach really is unique – and we focus our work on four key areas:
We help reduce the vulnerability of poor people affected by natural disasters, conflict and environmental degradation.
Making markets work for the poor
We help poor people to make a better living – by enabling producers to improve their production, processing and marketing.
Improving access to services
We help poor communities gain access to basic services – water, sanitation, housing and electricity.
We help poor communities respond to the challenges of new technologies, helping them to access effective technologies that can change lives forever.