Programme work

Practical Action's projects are organised under four programme themes:

Two cross-cutting themes are also present across our work:


Where we work

The four programmes operate across our country and regional offices:

In addition to these seven offices, Practical Action also has a Head Office in the UK, with responsibility for coordinating group finances, management, knowledge sharing, fundraising and marketing.

Find out how you can support our projects.


Practical Action's senior management team, which has executive responsibilities, is called the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and it comprises the Chief Executive and twelve Directors, including six Country and Regional Directors.

Director profiles

Board of Trustees

Practical Action is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are also Directors of the Company, and responsible for the overall management and control of the Charity.

Trustee profiles


Practical Action was founded, in 1966, as the Intermediate Technology Development Group by radical economist EF Schumacher and a group of like-minded colleagues.

ITDG / Practical Action history and timeline

50 years of Practical Action

Company information

Practical Action is a registered UK charity, no 247257, and a company limited by guarantee, under the direction of a Board of Trustees.

The charity has two wholly-owned trading subsidiaries - Practical Action Publishing Ltd and Practical Action Consulting Ltd - and three dormant subsidiaries. It is also associated with two locally-registered overseas entities carrying the Practical Action name.

Company information and structure


We commit to working in an open and transparent way.

Practical Action now publishes data via the International Aid Transparency initiative (IATI), where information on aid and activity spending is publicly accessible.

We also publish project evaluations, assessments and reviews, and management responses.

Read our organisational policies, including policies on Open Information, Gender, Corporate Engagement and Data Protection


Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. Through innovative thinking and technical knowledge we enable poor communities to produce practical solutions to their most pressing needs. Read more about our strategy.


Annual report

Practical Action's annual report and accounts for the last financial year are available to download. They include a review of our international programmes against strategic objectives, the report of the independent auditors and a detailed financial statement.

Annual Report & Accounts


Strategic partners | Partners and networks

Contact us

Registered address: Practical Action, The Robbins Building, 25 Albert Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 2SD, United Kingdom

Head office: +44 (0) 1926 634400 | International offices

General enquiries:

For specific technical enquiries, please visit our Technical Enquiry Service

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