ACCESS CSO - Practical Action

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Practical Action

  • Practical Action was founded in 1966 and is based in United Kingdom .
  • Type of organisation: NGO

Practical Action is an international development organisation putting 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, including challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. They work with communities to develop lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy.

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Key Activities
In energy access we work in a number of areas from work on the ground , to global knowledge sharing, advocacy and partnerships.
  • Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) 2015-19 in Malawi and Zimbabwe with SNV, Hivos and others. Solar-powered mini-grids, prioritising productive uses and community services.
  • Renewable Energy for Refugees (2017-2020) with the IKEA Foundation, bringing energy access to long-standing refugee camps in Rwanda and Jordan.
  • Working with GACC on behaviour change in Kenya for the large-scale uptake of improved cookstoves
  • Gender and energy mainstreaming with Energia
  • Poor People's Energy Outlook since 2010
  • KnowledgePoint for answering technical queries in energy
  • Active Publishing and Consultancy arms
Main Activities
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Target Groups
for clean cooking:
  • Households
for electricity:
  • Households
  • Productive use and livelihoods

Other themes:
Energy Solution Focus
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Where we work
Our regions of operation are: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America and Caribbean.

Our countries of operation are: Bangladesh, Bolivia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Zimbabwe.
Our headquarter is based in:

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Contact Details
We work together with the following ACCESS coalition partners: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Energia, Hivos, Oxfam, Smart Villages, SNV, World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), ZERO Regional Environmental Organisation - Zimbabwe.
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