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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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Contract farming and Access to Energy for Women Farmers in MalawiThis document is a learning brief for the Renewable Energy for Agriculture (RE4A) project which ran from May 2021 to June 2023 in partnership with Modern Farming Technologies (MFT), a Malawian social enterprise. The project tested a contract farming model that enabled access for women farmers to productive use energy (PUE) technologies (solar irrigation kits and solar refrigerators), improved horticulture, and markets. It was funded by GIZ and the Powering Renewable Energy Opportunities (PREO) Fund, which is supported by the IKEA Foundation and UK Aid.
Improved Community Flood Resilience – Impact Brief September 2023Practical Action is working with communities to make resilience a way of life, finding ways to adapt to and prepare for flood events. This publication is second in a series of annual snapshots and takes a look at our work on the Flood Resilience Programme so far and how we are contributing to the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance aim of improving the flood resilience of 2 million people by the end of 2024. In the document we share our knowledge and experience of what works with communities, practitioners and decision makers when it comes to enhancing flood resilience for those who need it most.
Practical Action’s Approach to localized flood early warning dissemination in BangladeshPractical Action is working with communities to make resilience a way of life, finding ways to adapt to and prepare for flood events. This publication is second in a series of annual snapshots and takes a look at our work on the Flood Resilience Programme so far and how we are contributing to the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance aim of improving the flood resilience of 2 million people by the end of 2024. In the document we share our knowledge and experience of what works with communities, practitioners and decision makers when it comes to enhancing flood resilience for those who need it most.
Achieving Impact at Scale – Lessons from Practical Action’s Impact Community of PracticeThis paper aims to capture and disseminate key lessons and recommendations from Practical Action’s internal Impact Community of Practice, convened in 2021–22. The Impact Community of Practice explored how we achieve impact at scale, including the approaches used, the lessons learned and the results achieved. Discussions were grounded in case studies of work from across our four thematic areas of agriculture, energy, resilience, and urban services. Case studies were presented by programme teams from Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. Summaries of case studies are included. We hope that this paper catalyses further reflection and discussion within the international development sector on achieving impact at scale.
State of the market for productive use of energy - case studies from four regions in Burkina FasoThis captivating document presents four case studies from Burkina Faso, Africa. These case studies demonstrate the value of market intelligence and contextual understanding, as well as provide insights on energy-related opportunities and bottlenecks. Based on these findings, the document offers recommendations for future initiatives aimed at scaling up. This publication is the first series of our knowledge products under REAL-BF, bringing together independent expert assessments and participatory stakeholder engagement that capture the community voices.