Policy and Practice


  • Loss & Damage

    Technology Justice must be a central principle to deliver on Loss and Damage in the new climate agreement

    adapting to climate change through sustainable agriculture
  • Post-2015

    Development challenges will require a global shift in thinking. Discover our approach to these challenges

  • Urban Energy Access

    This new paper explores the barriers and opportunities for improving energy access in informal urban areas

  • Scaling up

    A new brief examines barriers and opportunities in market systems and value chains to achieve Technology Justice

  • SDG policy brief

    The first Technology Justice Briefing Paper sets out a new paradigm for the SDGs

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Our Work

Practical Action’s vision is of a world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used to the benefit of all. We strive towards this vision by working together with poor communities. We actively share knowledge and seek to influence the policy and practice of others to build greater benefits for all. 
  • Technology Justice

    To achieve a sustainable wellbeing for all we need justice in access, innovation and use of technology
  • Energy Access

    We are committed to the belief that access to appropriate energy services and supplies are central to improved wellbeing
  • DRR

    We reduce the risk of disasters for marginalised groups by mainstreaming DRR into national government plans and policies
  • Urban Services

    We aim to achieve 'inclusive services: liveable cities', where poor people can enjoy at least a basic level of services
  • Food & Agriculture

    We promote sustainable systems of agriculture that provide local food security through agro-ecological technologies
  • Climate Change

    Climate Change affects everyone, but its effects are felt most by the world's poorest and most marginalised communities
  • Markets

    We support market systems and the private sector to work for people living in poverty to increase their income
  • Gender

    We are committed to development practice that benefits both women and men and challenges inequalities
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Connect with us

We are always interested in engaging with other practitioners and those interested in development. We welcome feedback on our work and are interested in opportunities for collaboration.

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Email us

Email us at policy@practicalaction.org.uk


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Practical Action uses decades of experience of working with and for poor communities to inform public debate on policy and development issues. Please join our mailing list if you would like to receive news about our latest publications and upcoming events.

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Policy & Practice blogs

  • UN places technology at the centre of development
    The Technology Facilitation Mechanism and the Technology Bank, two new initiatives launched on Saturday 26th September, demonstrate the UN’s vision to place technology at the centre of implementation apparatus for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We know that locally appropriate, affordable, accessible and reliable technologies are catalytic in most areas of development. The fact that these two initiatives are the first concrete steps in implementing the post-2015 development agendas is a thorough endorsement by member states of that understanding. […]
  • If we aim to leave no-one behind, we must reduce inequality within countries too
    The concept of ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries is integral to the language of international development (the clue is in the name). Even when we talk about ‘the global North’ and ‘the global South’, the meaning is clear: the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots. This inequality is deeply unjust, with roots in an exploitative colonial system, and pernicious effects on human development and wellbeing. However, it is not the only inequality we must be concerned with. Inequality […]