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

Latest news

Practical Action work in Zimbabwe now more vital than ever - 22/01/2019

Practical Action staff in Zimbabwe are appealing for the UK public to support after warning the impact of climate change will hit the country in the coming months.

Find out more

Practical Action Bangladesh wins first ever UN World Soil Day award - 17/01/19

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.

Find out more

Rugby charity launches ingenious Christmas appeal - 10/12/2018

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

Find out more

More news and press releases

News from our blogs

No sense of urgency in climate talks

“You guys really need to do something,” a restaurateur in Bonn, Germany told us when he learnt that we were in the city to attend Un...
Read more

DAIRY - Empowering women

Few months back, I was visiting one of the project sites where we are supporting smallholder dairy farmers, particularly in bett...
Read more

Learning from failure: the untold story

Absorbing failure and learning from it is not always easy. Building on failure is even more challenging and requires great strength ...
Read more

With your support we are transforming lives

Get Small Talk

For monthly news, updates
and stories straight to
your inbox


Sign up


Your gift makes a real difference

With a regular or single gift, you can support our work with poor people in developing countries.


Working worldwide to fight poverty

energy access

Energy access

Sustainable access to modern energy services for all by 2030

food agriculture

Food & agriculture

Sustainable systems of agriculture that provide food security and livelihoods for the rural poor

water and sanitation

Urban water & waste

Improved access to drinking water, sanitation and waste services for the urban poor

disaster risk reduction

Disaster risk reduction

Reduced risk of disasters for marginalised groups and communities


Independent and professional consulting for governments, NGOs, aid agencies and the private sector.

Search Practical Action Consulting’s project database


Browse print and digital books, available from our online bookshop, or peer reviewed journals, accessible online, for development researchers and practitioners throughout the world.

Policy & practice

We actively share knowledge and seek to influence the policy and practice of others to build greater benefits for all.

Technical resources

Our Practical Answers service offers free downloads of technical information on a range of topics.

Ask a question and receive a response from our local experts free of charge

no comments