Practical Action in South Asia

History and archive

Practical Action has been working in south Asia since 1979. Offices were established in Sri Lanka in 1989 and Nepal in 1998.


Practical Action (then Intermediate Technology) started its work in Nepal in 1979. For almost two decades Practical Action was mainly involved in micro-hydro sector by developing and transferring technologies, building the capabilities of local manufacturers, imparting knowledge and skills to the rural entrepreneurs, and advocating for appropriate policies and institutions.

After the establishment of the Country Office in 1998, Practical Action Nepal diversified its activities in the energy programme from micro-hydro to other forms of renewable energy and expanded into the new technology areas of agro-processing, rural transport and disaster management.

Sri Lanka

In 2014 the Sri Lanka office was closed and responsibility for continuing work in that country passed to the main South Asia office in Nepal. An successor organisation, Janathakshan, was created to continue Practical Action's legacy in Sri Lanka.

Janathakshan will continue demonstrate viable technology based approaches to poverty reduction on the ground through innovative projects, generating knowledge to share, network and be a strong advocate at the national level and beyond.


Nepal annual report archive

An archive of Annual Reports from our Nepal office. Practical Action Nepal annual report 2009-10 Practical Action Nepal annual report 2008-9 Practical Action Nepal annual report 2007-8 Practical Action Nepal annual report 2006-7 Practical Action Nepal annual rep...

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News and events

Along with undertaking new project work in the area of disaster management Practical Action Nepal are also planning work in new technology areas such as manufacturing and small enterprise development.

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Vacancies available with Practical Action in Nepal.

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People and Technology: Transforming Lives

In this strategy, Practical Action Nepal has made major shifts in the programme areas and geographical focus to further streamline its programme to uplift the marginalised, vulnerable and socially ...

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Completed program areas - Nepal

Until 2013, Practical Action's work in Nepal was organised into four programmes: Reducing Vulnerability, Making Markets Work for the Poor, Access to Infrastructure Services and New Technologies.

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Archive - Practical Action in Sri Lanka

Practical Action's Sri Lanka office was closed in March 2014. This page contains links to historic information about our Sri Lanka office, including project reports and events.

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