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Practical Action

Practical Action works alongside communities to find practical solutions to the poverty they face. We see technology as a vital contributor to people’s livelihoods. Our definition of technology includes physical infrastructure, machinery and equipment, knowledge and skills and the capacity to organise and use all of these.

We actively seek to work with communities and adopt a collaborative approach, sharing knowledge and experience. We increase our impact by scaling up success and pushing for policy change that directly benefits poor communities.

Practical Action's vision and mission

Vision - Technology justice: a sustainable world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used for the benefit of all.

Mission - To contribute to poor people’s wellbeing, using technology to challenge poverty by:

  • building the capabilities of poor men and women,
  • 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.

Products

Hydraulic Ram Pumps
SKU: hrp/pa/ebook/000
A hydram is an automatic pumping device which utilises a small fall of water to lift a fraction of the supply flow to a much greater height.
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Fibre glass wind turbine blade: manufacturing guide
SKU: fgwtb
A manual is designed to show the process of producing a wind turbine blade from fibre-glass
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Making Money & Heat from Waste
SKU: mmhfw/ebook/000/000

BRIQUETTES

Briquettes are a proven technology that provides low-cost fuel for households and institutions. A briquette is a block of composed coal dust, charcoal dust, sawdust, wood chips or any other biomass waste. It is derived from a salvage of composite household solid waste to provide an alternative for energy. It can be used in both stoves and broilers providing an affordable technology that is a safe and cleaner energy source.

THE STORIES

Briquette production has created a livelihood source for many a retrenched worker living in rural areas; people living with HIV and AIDS; the illiterate – demonstrating that it is not a complicated technology; housewives; and many other people whose testimonies would overwhelm the production of this publication. These were stories narrated and translated in verbatim so as not to lose the gist and savour.

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Biomass fuel Briquetting technology
SKU: bfbt/ebook/000/000
Fuel briquettes are blocks of compressed biomass material such as farming waste, charcoal dust or waste paper. They are used for fuel in households for cooking, water heating, and space heating. In Kenya, people use rewood and charcoal for cooking. The prices of rewood and charcoal have been increasing drastically, making it less affordable for most users. Briquettes are a proven technology that provides a low cost fuel for households that is locally made and an alternative to wood or charcoal. Fuel briquettes can also be used in institutions for large scale cooking, and in industries for productive use.
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Diesel Engine Repair and Maintenace
SKU: DERM/free/000

Proper utilisation of resources for poverty reduction is one of the main objectives of present government, which has taken up special program to make agriculture mechanised. To achieve mechanised agriculture, diesel engine has various uses. Diesel engine can run irrigation pump, power tiller, power thrasher, seed drill machine etc. In addition diesel can also run vehicle, rice husking machine, break breaker etc. It is very important to ensure proper and effective use of diesel engine. Only a skilled person can do so. In Bangladesh, usually diesel engine operators/mechanics do not have any institutional education. They learn diesel engine operation and maintenance through the process of "learning by doing". Keeping these realities in mind, Practical Action Bangladesh is publishing this booklet in a simple manner. The booklet depicts the details of diesel engine and how it works, with figures and diagrams. It also describes the "problems and solving" that various parts of a diesel engine might have. The reader will get knowledge on how to repair and maintain a diesel engine from this booklet.

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Basic Fibreglass Boat Building
SKU: bfbb/ebook/000
This technical brief attempts to set out the basic construction techniques as well as the material, equipment, infrastructure, skills and labour requirements necessary to build fibreglass fishing crafts suitable for use in Sri Lanka’s coastal fisheries industry.
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DIY Solar Drip Irrigation
SKU: dddi/ebook/000/000

Instructions are given for the low cost automation of a gravity feed drip irrigation system so that water is pumped automatically from a farm pond (or other water supply) to a header tank and all plants are irrigated automatically.
Part A is for smallholders who wish to minimize the cost by buying all the relevant components either locally or from various suppliers worldwide.

Part B is for smallholders who wish to simplify the installation by ordering the DIY Solar Drip Irrigation Kit

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