Practical Action Southern Africa is the regional office of the Group with active projects in Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Our work

We work in partnership with communities and other development institutions  in all our work, we respect diversity and show great concern for future generations. Specifically, we work with communities helping them choose and use appropriate technologies to improve their lives for today and generations to come.

Our vision is that of a world where all people have access to the technologies that enable them to meet their basic needs and reach their potential,in a way that safeguards the planet today,and for future generations.

If you would like to support our work, in Southern Africa and around the world, you can donate online.


The Solar Challenge

Practical Action’s new STEM Solar Challenge offers a great opportunity for young people to explor...
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A tonic for development

Lack of access to modern, affordable and sustainable renewable energy services for the rural popu...
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Powering education in Zimbabwe

Globally, 1.3 billion people have no access to energy and it’s this lack of access that is kee...
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Our goal is to increase universal energy access through provision of modern energy for productive and social use in remote rural areas and advocating for decentralised energy solutions.

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Sustainable agriculture and livelihoods

We work with small-scale and marginalised producers to help them use technologies to build secure livelihoods through improved systems of production, processing and marketing.

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Urban water, sanitation and waste management

We aim to achieve a clean and healthy environment for all urban and peri-urban residents, using alternative evidence-based sanitation technology and enhancing decentralisation of waste management services.

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Where we work

Practical Action Southern Africa has worked in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe since 1989. We work across the SADC region through our consulting arm. Energy and Sustainable Agriculture is our main focus in southern Africa.

Practical Answers

Our technical information service offers free downloads of practical information on a range of development topics.

We also have a technical enquiry service where anyone working in poverty reduction, or on small-scale technology projects, can ask a question and receive a response from our local experts free of charge


Practical Action Consulting Southern Africa (PAC SnA) offers high quality and responsive development consultancy services to various clients including governments, international development agencies, NGOs and private sector entities in the southern Africa region, focusing particularly on energy and sustainable agriculture and livelihoods.

Invitation for proposals / bids: Practical Action and partners are looking for the services of a consultant to systematically and independently assess the performance of a renewable energy project in rural areas of Malawi and Zimbabwe. Read more ...

Case studies

From energy to agriculture, sanitation to podcasting, read about the life-transforming work of our projects in southern Africa.

Case studies archive

Office structure

Practical Action Southern Africa is managed by a Regional Director, Kudzai Marovanidze, and supported by two change agendas - Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihoods and  Energy Access  plus Practical Action Consulting (PAC) and Practical Answers.

Contact us

Practical Action, 4 Ludlow Road, Newlands, Harare, Zimbabwe
Postal address: PO Box 1744, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel: +263 (4) 776 631, 632, 633 | Fax: +263 (4) 788 157 | Email:

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