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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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Access to Energy in Refugee Camps in RwandaThe Renewable Energy for Refugees (RE4R) project, led by Practical Action and UNHCR, assessed energy access in Gihembe, Kigeme, and Nyabiheke refugee camps in Rwanda. During the assessment phase of the project, Practical Action conducted hundreds of surveys, interviews, and focus group discussions with camp residents, business owners, community leaders, and organizational staff to help identify the most important energy issues in the camps. This policy brief presents the main findings and recommendations from the RE4R assessments and the four renewable energy interventions being implemented in the three camps. The full report, featuring detailed analysis energy issues in the three camps, will be available in early 2020.
Creating the working conditions for health, dignity and opportunityThis policy brief has been produced based on a study titled ‘Waste and Sanitation Workers’ Working Condition, Occupational Health and Safety, Wages, Livelihood and Exclusion’, under the ‘Dignifying Lives: Inclusive approach for socioeconomic empowerment of informal waste and sanitation workers’ project, funded by the European Union. Waste collectors make their living from the things we throw away; rubbish to us is survival to them. However, a large national study carried out in city corporations and municipalities across Bangladesh has revealed appalling working conditions for waste and sanitation workers. While being responsible for almost all the recycling and recovery of waste in the country, they pay a high price in their own health, dignity, and opportunity to engage with the rest of society. There are systematic ways in which women face further discrimination and risks of violence. Workers are doing their best to organize themselves, but these efforts need to be supported and strengthened.
Poor People's Energy Outlook 2019 summary documentConsidering both clean cooking and electricity, PPEO 2019 draws on a range of case study programmes and community-driven research to offer a comprehensive framework for a more inclusive approach to providing energy access at national scales.