Practical Action is committed to poverty alleviation in Nepal by providing appropriate technology in a sustainable way by bringing sound technical knowledge and global experience to the field of appropriate technology development.

Our head office is in Kathmandu. We have regional offices in Chitwan and Nepalgunj, Banke, and field offices in Doti.


Our work in Nepal is prioritised into four sectors and two cross-cutting sectors:

Access to energy

The Energy programme in Nepal plans to increase access to energy in lightning, and clean and efficient technologies for cooking, benefiting 150,000 rural populations. Practical Action focuses mainly on developing and testing new innovative ideas to engage the private sector in providing ac...

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Agriculture, markets and food security

This programme strives to bring a visible impact on food security situation in rural areas through improving the agricultural input technology, increasing access to smallholders' friendly irrigation scheme, and market system development.

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Urban waste, water and sanitation

The programme aims to improve the health of 150,000 urban residents in Nepal, through increased awareness, providing access to safe drinking water, better sanitation facilities, waste services and proper solid waste management, and practicing safe hygiene behaviours.

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Disaster risk reduction in Nepal

Practical Action works in the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) sector in Nepal to save lives, livelihoods and properties of women and men residing in the vulnerable parts of the country by building their resilience. Practical Action has been a leading organisation in Early Warning System (EWS) devel...

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We also work in two cross-cutting sectors:

Climate change

Practical Action is one of the pioneer organisations having ground experiences on climate change adaptation work while implementing over 16 different projects and studies on climate change. In such context, climate change not only deserves to remain as a cross cutting goal, but also an important factor in view of potential opportunities and possibilities to bring about meaningful changes in people's lives through engagement at various level.

The impact of the sectorial programme will be monitored through various indicators, such as – number of innovations made by the programme in climate change – adaptation and low carbon growth; number of low cost climate technologies adopted by the target beneficiaries; and number of national and local policies and plans being influenced by our programmes.


Markets as a cross-cutting sector will have a wider outreach through systemic change approach and will directly benefit households involved in the whole market system although the approach is to work with key beneficiaries, relevant market actors, government and private stakeholders. Practical Action will embed Markets as a cross cutting sector with energy, agriculture, urban waste, water and sanitation and DRR.

Contact us


Practical Action South Asia
Indira House,
House No.1114
Panipokhari Hill,

Telephone: +977-1-4423639/4423640
Fax: +977-1-4423632

Postal address: PO Box 15135, Kathmandu, Nepal

(Please note new address, from 2 May 2016 - map)

Field offices

Practical Action Chitwan Office
Mills Area, Kshetrapur,
Bharatpur – 2,

Telephone: +977 056 521860

Practical Action Nepalgunj Office
National Trading Marga,
House No. 8,
Nepalgunj 13,

Telephone: +00 81 524171

Poverty in Nepal is much more prevalent, intense and severe in rural areas where poverty incidence is 44% almost double that of urban areas with 23%. The incidence of poverty in the mid and far western development regions and in the mountain districts greatly exceeds the national average.

Practical Action Nepal’s development interventions focus on two clusters of districts, which cover 17 districts of the country. The cluster I covers 10 districts: Achham, Banke, Bardiya, Dailekh, Dolpa, Doti, Jumla, Kailali, Kalikot, and Surkhet, whereas cluster II covers 7 districts: Chitwan, Dhading, Gorkha, Nawalparasi, Rasuwa, Rupandehi, and Tanahu. These 17 districts represent four development regions, three ecological zones. Among these 17 districts, 6 districts fall under terai; 4 districts fall under mountain and remaining 7 districts fall under hill. Each cluster of district covers three ecological zones namely mountain, hill and terai. In terai districts annual average temperature ranges from 5°c to 47°c, which is 0°c to 30°c in hill and in mountain districts it is below 0°c to 16°c.

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