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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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  • Practical Action and Early Warning Systems

    Budimir, Mirianna (2020-12)
    Early warning provides an opportunity for people to take action to save lives and livelihoods, reducing the impacts of rapid onset disasters. For an early warning system to be truly effective, we must take a holistic and people-centred approach to ensure that timely, accurate, reliable, and understandable information reaches everyone in the right way for them to take action. This publication outlines the key elements of an effective early warning system; explains why these elements are so important and what considerations need to be taken for each; and explores how Practical Action is incorporating these elements into our early warning systems work.
  • PA IATI Activity Q2 2020/21 v3

    Anderson, Chris
    PA IATI Activity Q2 2020/21 v3
  • Monitoring Rainfall for Early Warning: Peru's Ingenious Solutions

    Budimir, Mirianna; Arestegui, Miguel (2020-12)
    Peru is one of the most hazard-prone countries in the world. It is affected by hydrological hazards including riverine and coastal flooding, as well as landslides and huaycos – a Quechua word locally used for mudslides and flash floods caused by heavy rainfall. Early warning systems require information about environmental conditions; however there are several key challenges which make this monitoring difficult. This document explores the ingenious solutions being applied in Peru to address these challenges and build resilience to these hazards.
  • Producimos para Vivir Bien: Una mirada a la producción ecológica en Bolivia desde la sociedad civil

    Dorrego Carlón, Ana (Practical Action, Latin America, 2020)
    Sistematización del proyecto Producimos para vivir bien que fue implementado de 2017 a 2020 por la AOPEB y Practical Action en 15 municipios de Bolivia con el financiamiento de la Unión Europea. Este análisis y reflexión pone énfasis en los siguientes parámetros: la articulación entre actores - participación, la sostenibilidad y los impactos (sociales, culturales, económicos y ambientales). Estos parámetros recogen aspectos como la participación e inclusión tanto de mujeres, jóvenes y el enfoque de género; el desarrollo de capacidades e interrelación (de organizaciones relacionadas a la producción ecológica y gobierno, en los niveles sub nacional y nacional), los marcos legales nacionales, el trabajo en plataformas y/o redes nacionales e internacionales para la incidencia en políticas públicas relacionadas a la promoción ecológica, el rol de la Asociación de Organizaciones de Productores Ecológicos en Bolivia (AOPEB) como ente aglutinador y representativo de las organizaciones (fortalecimiento organizacional, mercados y capacidad de comercialización, servicios, etc.), y la apropiación de la sociedad civil en sus capacidades de incidencia política a nivel municipal, regional y nacional; entre otros.
  • Legitimacy and financial sustainability of CSO network organisations : lessons learned and relevance for global and regional CSO networks active in the WASH sector

    Lande, L. van den (IRC and Watershed, 2020-09)
    Financial sustainability is central to CSO network organisations’ resilience and effectiveness, and it could potentially affect their legitimacy. It affects both the networks’ viability and the ability to autonomously implement members’ priorities, including lobby and advocacy (L&A) work.

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