Practical Action's organisational policies

Transparency and open information

Transparency lies at the core of Practical Action's accountability towards our staff, our members and supporters, our development partners and the people we work with in our projects.  Practical Action now publishes data via the International Aid Transparency initiative (IATI), where information on aid and activity spending is accessible to the public.

We are also prepared to respond to any reasonable request for information about our work, as detailed in our Open Information Policy.

Practical Action Open Information Policy

International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)

Practical Action is committed to being an open and transparent organisation, accountable to all of its stakeholders. Practical Action now publishes data via the International Aid Transparency initiative (IATI), where information on aid and activity spending is publicly accessible.

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Conduct and Safeguarding

Practical Action exists to help people in poor places to realise their potential. In doing so we aspire to the highest standards of professional behaviour and do not tolerate actions that fall short of our expected norms or are contrary to our values.

All Practical Action staff members are expected to sign our Code of Conduct, which clearly outlines what we expect from them and what they should do if they become aware of anything that does not meet expected standards.

Practical Action believes that it is unacceptable for anyone to experience exploitation or abuse - in any form, anywhere. All staff members are expected to sign our Safeguarding Policy.

We have provided an external, independent whistleblowing and complaints service and all staff members are expected to sign our Complaints Framework, making them aware of their obligations to report concerns and how they should act when complaints are made.

We are committed to making this a continuing journey of improvement, recognising a constant need to continually train staff and reinforce these values and practices all around the world.

Practical Action is a member of BOND, the UK network for organisations working in international development. As such we are also committed to a range of measure aimed at ensuring that we all work together to improve safeguarding and build trust, to improve reporting of incidents and to work on a system of registration and accreditation of humanitarian and development practitioners. You can read the full commitment here.

Code of Conduct Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Global Complaints Framework

Data protection

We are committed to protecting the privacy of our supporters and stakeholders. We act in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This is reflected in our website terms and conditions, and Privacy Policy, which together explain how we collect, manage, use and protect personal information.

Practical Action - Privacy Notice (003)

Website Cookie Policy

Practical Action respects the privacy of visitors to our website. This policy sets out the manner in which information about visitors is collected and used.

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Corporate engagement

The Company Engagement Policy sets out Practical Action’s rational for engagement with the larger-scale private sector as a means to achieve its strategic objectives. It recognizes that companies can be important actors in the development context and that engagement with them presents Practical Action with a particular set of opportunities. It also notes that engagement with such organisations can create risks for Practical Action and the people it works for and that a due diligence process is required to assess the balance between risks and opportunities in each case.

Practical Action Company Engagement Policy


Practical Action is committed to ensuring equitable opportunities for all women and men. We aim to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment through all of our work including programmes, knowledge sharing, advocacy and external communications, and through our own organisational development.

Practical Action Gender Policy


How we are funded

Practical Action depends on the support of individuals, trusts, NGOs and governments to deliver its work to poor communities worldwide. Read how we are funded, and how we spend the money.

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Supporter charter

Practical Action's supporters are at the heart of our work. Our supporter charter sets out how we promise to communicate with supporters and respond to issues.

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Our distinctive practical approach

Practical Action works alongside communities to find practical solutions to the poverty they face. Every year we use technology to help over 1 million people out of poverty.

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About the organisation

Practical Action is a registered charity in the UK and a company limited by guarantee, under the direction of a Board of Trustees.

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Board of Trustees

Practical Action is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity in the UK, under the direction of a Board of Trustees.

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Strategic leadership team - Directors

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.

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Company information

Practical Action is a registered UK charity, no 247257, and a company limited by guarantee and not having share capital (registration no 871954).

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