Practical Action - www.practicalaction.org
Practical Action is an international development organisation working in Africa, Asia
and South America. Practical Action’s mission is to eradicate poverty in developing
countries by developing and using sustainable technologies that offer
‘practical answers’ to poverty. Practical
Action’s work is people-centred, specialising
in different fields of technology including food production, energy, housing
and shelter, transport and small-scale manufacturing.
Practical Action’s Development Education Unit is based in Rugby in the UK and
specialises in supporting teachers and students who are learning about
examples of sustainable technologies from around the world.
Because of its project work overseas, Practical
Action’s contexts are based in the
southern hemisphere and largely concern their work in Kenya, Sri Lanka and
Zimbabwe. However, the issues are just as relevant for anywhere else in the
The main support services will be feedback on initial design ideas,
information on material selection and evaluation of final product.