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We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.
We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.
We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.
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Pitch recommendations and templates for last mile distributorsThis is one of three tools developed by Global Distributors Collective (GDC), for early-stage last mile distribution (LMD) companies looking to begin their fundraising journey and connect with investors. The tool includes a template deck with example slides that you can use/tweak to develop a strong pitch, in order to help you engage with funders.
Investment-readiness self-assessment for last mile distributorsThis is one of three tools developed by Global Distributors Collective (GDC), for early-stage last mile distribution (LMD) companies looking to begin their fundraising journey and connect with investors. The tool dissects which type of funding to apply for and from which types of funders, and how to assess whether or not you're ready for different funders' investment. It also draws insights from GDC’s LMD funding database, which provides an overview of relevant funders who can be filtered by sector, geography, stage of company growth and more.
Missing Voices Approach Manual: Executive SummaryThis document summarises the Missing Voices Approach, which aims to capture first-person perspectives of marginalized people in order to inform disaster risk management. The Missing Voices Approach was conceptualized and developed by the Practical Action Consulting International Disaster Risk Reduction team in 2018, which included Sarah Brown, Mirianna Budimir, Alison Sneddon, and Sujana Upadhyay Crawford. The methodology underlying it was further refined and developed between 2018 and 2021.
Video: Energy sources and mobile connectivity for Early Warning Systems in remote mountainous contexts: Challenges and potential solutionsThis recording presents findings from research by a group of Masters students from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on the topic of energy sources and mobile connectivity for Early Warning Systems in remote, mountainous contexts. The topic and research were guided by Practical Action staff. This video shares findings from the report, exploring the challenges and barriers associated with operating Early Warning Systems in remote mountainous contexts, particularly in the case studies of Nepal and Peru, that experience gaps in energy supply and have limited to no mobile connectivity. It then identifies redundancies to mitigate these challenges and opportunities for potential alternatives in pursuit of developing and deploying more effective EWS.