Practical Action, founded in 1966, is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) which specializes in helping people to use technology to eliminate poverty. PA believes in Technology Justice to create a sustainable world free of poverty and injustice with technology used for the benefit of all.
Practical Action is working in:
- Latin America; Peru and Bolivia.
- South Asia; Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
- Africa; Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Sudan
- We also work through consultancy, partnership and networks in the developing world.
Disaster Reduction Goal
Practical Action is working with communities to enable them to prepare for, cope with and adapt to future hazards by building stronger livelihoods, enhancing disaster risk management and increasing food security.
Policies and Programmes in DRR
Practical Action with is track record of making technology work for sustainable wellbeing of the poor and most vulnerable is in a unique position to demonstrate and advocate the sustainable use of hard and soft technologies to reduce poverty and suffering.
Practical Action has expertise in 3 key areas;
- Particpatory livelihood centred community resilience
- Early Warning Systems and disaster prepardness
- Promoting environmentally sensitive, climate smart development
Membership in Key Networks
Global Network for Disaster Risk Reduction
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
- Influence national government policy on the importance of livelihood centered approaches to DRR
- Capacity building of stakeholders in national planning to mainstream DRR in local planning and development.
- Community mobilization to engage in national planning.
- Promote traditional emergency management
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
- Support governmental institutions to improve risk monitoring and information sharing, especially participatory approaches
- Develop early warning and information sharing systems, linked to vulnerable communities
- Capacity building to improve collection and sharing of data
- Participatory risk analysis and mapping with communities
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
- Strengthen collaboration between diverse stakeholders working on disasters, climate and development
- Training of civil society and communities on DRR
- Communications to raise risk awareness
- Development of educational materials
Focus on the threat of Climate Change to poor people’s livelihoods
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
- Support government to mainstream DRR into national poverty reduction plans
- Design and pilot Climate Change Adaptation projects
- Integration of related Climate Change issues into DRR
Focus on urban vulnerability and food security for disaster resilient livelihoods
Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
- Hazard specific community level disaster planning
- Community mobilization to implement preparedness measures
- Promote community level disaster risk response
- Promote the Emergency Markets Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) toolkit to rapidly rebuild markets post disaster
- Promote the Vulnerability to Resilience (V2R) framework as a planning approach to integrate community disaster experience into future development.
- Strengthen the ability of people, organisations and networks to experiment and innovate
- Forge partnerships to ensure the rights and entitlements of people to access basic services, productive assets and common property resources
- Attend regional meetings to share and exchange best practice
- Produce materials and publications on DRR and resilient livelihoods
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
Global Vishaka Hidelllage & Colin McQuistan
Bangladesh, Haseeb Md. Irfanullah
East Africa, Abdul Haro
South Asia, Gehendra Gurung
Latin America, Pedro Ferradas
Sri Lanka, Vajira Hettige
Sudan, Mohamed Siddig Suliman
Southern Africa, Reginald Sithole
The Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development, Bourton on Dunsmore Warwickshire CV23 9QZ Rugby United Kingdom
GP 2013 delegation
GP 2011 delegation
GP 2009 delegation
Conferences: - UNISDR Science and Technology Conference