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28 Dec 2018 description

Key messages:

  • Nature-based solutions provide an opportunity to better integrate the agendas of climate action, disaster risk reduction and biodiversity conservation into a coherent and holistic approach.

  • Ecosystems can provide benefits for flood risk reduction. Nature-based solutions should be part of broader disaster and climate risk management strategies, complementing other measures such as land use planning and built infrastructure.

11 Dec 2018 description


  • Energy is essential to humanitarian action. Most refugee and internal displacement camps are in remote locations, so humanitarian agencies consume large amounts of fuel on the long-distance transport of staff, equipment, and goods such as food and water. Operations tend to rely on on-site electricity generation to power reception centres, clinics, schools, food storage, water pumping and street lighting. Peacekeeping operations face a similar situation.

24 Jul 2018 description
report Practical Action


New communication technologies, free software and hardware to improve Early Warning Systems for floods and landslides, using a participatory approach in coordination with the authorities. That is to say, under an intermediate or appropriate technology approach.
This document shows the pilot experience carried out by Practical Action in partnership with the population, the municipality of Lurigancho-Chosica (Lima-Peru), the Korean International Cooperation Agency – KOICA and the National Civil Defence Institute

21 Dec 2017 description

Through an analysis of EWS policies at the national, district and local levels in the UK, Peru, and Nepal, the report identifies common and distinct challenges to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in “technology-rich” and “technology-poor” countries. The analysis offers an assessment of different approaches to understanding disaster risk and the extent to which these approaches inform, and rely upon, different approaches to forecasting and risk communication.

08 Jul 2016 description
report Practical Action

In 2011 Practical Action published From Vulnerability to Resilience: A Framework for Analysis and Action to Build Community Resilience. This was one of the rst attempts by a development NGO to operationalize resilience and it provided project workers with a framework to apply the resilience concept to their projects. This policy brief updates our thinking on resilience. Using the experiences gained from the Zurich Global Flood Resilience Programme and our interac- tions with alliance partners, we have updated the Vulnerability to Resilience framework.

10 Sep 2014 description


As world leaders meet in New York later this month at a summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the global fight against climate change, a new report highlights the crucial role a new set of Sustainable Development Goals must play in meeting the challenge.
It says the goals, to be agreed next year, offer a vital opportunity for the international community to tackle the way that climate change is driving people into poverty.

22 Nov 2013 description
report Oxfam, Practical Action


Why choose this method?

Evaluating the effectiveness of post-disaster interventions is an important but challenging task. Practitioners and donors alike have a shared interest in being able to assess the outcomes and impact of projects and donated funds for recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction. However, there has been wide acknowledgement of the difficulties in assessing the benefits of interventions, and there is a need for guidance to assist agencies in undertaking evaluations that are robust but affordable.

13 May 2012 description


This literature review is the first output of a one-year DFID-funded research programme on state-building, peace-building and service delivery in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS).

15 Mar 2012 description

The question of 'what changes do we need to empower women smallholders and achieve food security?' has been asked repeatedly. But transformational changes in both public policy and practice have been few and far between, although increasing access to resources and opportunities for women farmers could substantially reduce the number of hungry people in the world.

31 Jan 2011 description

New NGO inter-agency group learning review highlights successes and challenges of Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives

01 Jul 2010 description
report Practical Action

Produced by African Smallholder Farmers Group with the assistance of Practical Action and other NGOs, 'Africa's Smallholder Farmers: Approaches that work for viable livelihoods' emphasises the need to support and prioritise smallholder farmers in Africa, and to provide the right kind of support that enables them to strengthen agriculture and livelihoods over the long term (instead of focus on short-term productivity gains). It contains nine case studies of successful approaches, including three from Practical Action's African offices.

01 May 2010 description
report Practical Action

The Indian Ocean tsunami was a disaster on an unprecedented scale and elicited local and international responses which went well beyond the experience of previous disasters. The widespread efforts which ensued provided a test-bed for some of the prevalent ideas, beliefs and practices of the early years of this century concerning the management of natural disasters and their relation to development.

01 Jan 2009 description
report Practical Action

This report is based on a series of 15 international case studies conducted between September and November 2008 under a joint initiative of FAO and the PISCES Energy Research Programme Consortium funded by DFID. The case studies focussed on developing an improved understanding of the linkages between Livelihoods and Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives. The study was developed in consultation with the PISCES Consortium Advisory Group (CAG).