Practical Action

Practical Action

Working across Africa, Asia and Latin America, Practical Action has enabled millions of people to make lasting, positive change to their lives. From potato farmers in Peru to school children in the slums of Bangladesh. We focus on where there’s greatest need and we can make the biggest difference.

Facts about our job

  • Last year, we worked with over 2 million people to help them break out of the cycle of poverty for good. A further 4 million benefitted indirectly from our work.
  • 118 Practical Action projects were active in 11 countries. Our projects focussed on energy access, food and agriculture, urban water and waste and disaster risk reduction.
  • 94p out of every £1 was spent on charitable activities.

Practical Action is an international development organisation that puts ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

Practical Action helps people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems.

Challenges made worse by climate change and gender inequality. It works with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And it shares what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

Monthly Donations

  • £5 per month or £60 annually

    Every month, £5 could help teach a child about the importance of good hygiene. This helps to protect children from preventable life threatening diseases such as cholera and dysentery.

  • £7.50 per month or £90 annually

    This could help connect a school to an off-grid solar farm, ensuring that children can access education after dark, when it is cooler, helping them create a brighter future.

  • £10 per month or £120 annually

    In just three months, you could help provide saplings to create small forests, enabling communities in Darfur, Sudan, to begin to rebuild after periods of drought and conflict.

  • £20 per month or £240 annually

    Within five months you could help provide a small flock of three sheep, to help families in Bangladesh. These provide milk for the family, and produce that can be sold, providing a much needed income to pay for schooling and healthcare.