Practical Action has been working in India for several years, with projects in the eastern province of Odisha. We have also been offering technical information and consultancy services through our Delhi office and knowledge services in India through our knowledge sharing unit; Practical Answers.

Where we work

We have local offices in Delhi for Practical Action Consulting and in Odisha for Practical Action India Office, with project work being managed from our South Asia regional office in Kathmandu.

News from our blogs

Ingenious water and waste solutions changing lives

On Friday, the world is celebrating International Women’s Day. People around the world will be celebrating women’s achievements whilst calling for a more gender-balanced world. For Practical Action, the day is particularly important. We work wi...
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Chief Minister inaugurates Dhenkanal’s pioneering faecal sludge treatment plant, Odisha, India

26th October 2018 marked a landmark moment for the town of Dhenkanal, with the ceremonial inauguration of the town’s faecal sludge treatment plant. The ceremony was presided over by the State’s Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik (the ele...
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‘Woman’s Hour’ in Odisha

Growing up and becoming a young woman in India can be a confusing, terrifying prospect in some rural and poor urban communities. Young women are given the barest of facts and no proper explanation of what is happening to their bodies. Traditions t...
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Access to energy

Energy as an important element of life and wellbeing is yet to be accessible at many communities and we try to fill in the gap. The basic daily energy needs for many household in the difficult regions of the state of Odisha has been taken care by our energy interventions.

Urban WASH and waste

Practical Action are delivering significant water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes in India, promoting the community-led total sanitation approach with partners and local governments, demonstrating best practice and developing innovative technologies for clean water and waste management.

Our current work is focused on faecal sludge management and treatment for growing urban set ups.

Studies, research and reports

Our works are mostly evolved from evidence-based research and need-based studies. We analyse and then implement to improve the lives of marginalised communities. We also document good practices from our work for further reference. We have done a few extensive studies to know the pattern and need of different means to make life easy and bring about change which later helped us to design our projects and work on them. Also we have made compendiums of case studies to showcase the good work different projects have achieved during implementation.

  • Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves in Odisha (GAAC)
  • Odisha State Sanitation Landscape
  • Life Dignified (Case study compendium of project on 'Safe and Healthy environment for children of waste workers

Studies, research and reports

Practical Answers

Our technical information service, Practical Answers offers free information on a range of development topics.

In addition, we are working with READ Global in Uttar Pradesh and Rajastan to establish local helplines for rural communities, and have set up a pilot project to capture knowledge from our experiences in Odisha.

We are also using a new radio show to share knowledge on menstrual hygiene in the slums of Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Practical Answers' work in India


Practical Action Consulting (PAC) have been operating from Delhi since 2012. Since then, PAC India has been involved in expanding PAC's portfolio with projects including:

  • Distribution Models for off-grid solar lighting in Odisha (with Christian Aid)
  • International Emergency Market Systems and Analysis Toolkit Training
  • Best practices of Developing pro-poor markets - a South Asia perspective workshop markets development of base of the pyramid

More about Practical Action Consulting India

Practical Action Foundation

The Indian entity of Practical Action is now started with the name of PAF (Practical Action Foundation).

PAF has started working in the core area of Urban WASH. Using the expertise and knowledge of Practical Action in earlier projects, PAF has undertaken few projects in India.

A project being funded by Apollo Foundation named as ‘Clean My Transport Nagar’ has been started by PAF at Jaipur. This project will be providing sanitation facilities and awareness of Transport Nagar in Jodhpur & Jaipur cities of Rajasthan.

Similarly in Dhenkanal and Angul Municipality of Odisha, PAF is implementing the Project Nirmal with the support from Arghyam Trust. Project Nirmal is expected to bring an inclusive awareness and change in behaviour and practices of good sanitation among the citizens of both the municipalities and will set up a faecal sludge management system. 

Contact us

Practical Action South Asia : Narayan Gopal Sadak, Paninpokhari, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4423639 / 4423640 | Email:

Practical Action Consulting India : A-1, 178 (Near Church), Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-110029, INDIA |  Email:  

Practical Action India Office: Plot No: M-76, Madhusudan Nagar, Bhubaneswar -751001
Tel: 0674:2392135/2392836 | Email: | Web:

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