Practical Action is a development charity with a
difference. Founded by the renowned economist Dr. E.F.
Schumacher in 1966, the organisation believes in Schumacher's
philosophy of 'Small is Beautiful' and exhibits real and
sustainable improvements to poor people's lives through small
intervention. In India Practical Action works through its
different presence and capacity.
Based on the values of Technology justice the
organisation aims at a sustainable world free of poverty and
injustice in which technology is used for the benefit of all.
The organisation's mission statement talks about contributing
to poor people's wellbeing, using technology to challenge
poverty by building the capabilities of poor men and women.
Practical Action in India has been working in India in two
broad areas such as Urban WASH-Waste and on Renewable energy along
with its knowledge delivery projects.
- Project Nirmal: Being implemented in
Dhenkanal and Angul municipalities, this project aims at setting
up a faecal sludge management system for both the cities.
- SwachhSamudai: This project aims at
having an inclusive awareness and change in behaviour and
practices of good sanitation among the citizens with setting up
an effective faecal sludge management system.
- ACCESS:Project access has successfully
created women entrepreneurs who are manufacturing less smoke cook
stoves designed by practical action and creating market and
demand for the product through their out-reach and
- Total Energy Projects:As a pioneer
across globe, Practical Action has been using its expertise to
rehabilitate and revamp the defunct micro hydro projects in the
state with the support from OTELP (Odisha Tribal Empowerment and
As a strategy we always connect each of our projects to
market or a business model where, the projects self-sustain
Practical Answers is the Technical Information Service of
Practical Action which delivers knowledge among different
communities. In order to serve the need and demand of communities,
Practical Answers impart technical knowledge and enhance the
know-how of community in the issues we work.