Membership Tier: Steering Committee
Practical Action is an international NGO founded by the economist and thinker Fritz Schumacher in 1966, encapsulating his idea that sustainable development depends on the identification and use of appropriate, intermediate technology in all walks of life – rural livelihoods, market access, infrastructure services, and in the use of new technologies. Practical Action's vision is of a sustainable world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used for the benefit of all. Our mission is to use technology to challenge poverty by building the capabilities of poor people, improving their access to technical options and knowledge, and working with them to influence social, economic and institutional systems for innovation and the use of technology.
Practical Action works in more than 20 countries worldwide with offices in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, bringing direct material benefits to a million people each year and, indirectly, to considerably more by influencing the policies and practices of others. Subsidiaries include Practical Action Publishing and Practical Action Consulting.
Practical Action’s projects have directly enabled millions of people in off-grid communities to access renewable energy, improving their health, education, and productive efficiency. Practical Action plays a catalytic role in promoting and implementing a wide range of renewable energy solutions to off-grid energy access globally. During the last years, Practical Action influenced decision makers from the private sector, civil society, government and global institutions, such as the World Bank and the UN. Through its consulting arm, Practical Action is also consortium partner in the DFID-funded Moving Energy Initiative, which focuses on the sustainable energy needs of refugees in Kenya, Jordan, and Burkina Faso. Practical Action joined the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group to work with the humanitarian sector to enable positive change and collaboration between emergency responders and the energy community.