Technical Information Service



Welcome to the Practical Answers resource library.

We have over 2000 online resources available, including technical briefs and drawings, and audios and videos, on a range of topics and sub-topics, and in different languages. The resources are all focused on small-scale appropriate technologies aimed at improving access to infrastructure and enterprise development for people living in poverty. Authors range from Practical Action staff in our global offices to technical professionals from other organisations.

Select a topic from the list below or browse the technology themes in the right hand column. You can then view material online or download it. You may also want to write a comment on one of the subjects covered here or post a submit a question to our Practical Answers team.

Topics

Agriculture

Agriculture is by far the biggest business of the world. Most production...

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Construction

The need for shelter is a fundamental necessity. Adequate planning,...

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Crop Processing

Crop processing is a crucial step in converting raw harvested...

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Disaster Mitigation, Response and Reconstruction

Secure and sustainable livelihoods not only reduce poverty but also...

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Economic Development

For business entrepreneurs of small-scale technologies, getting the...

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Energy

Energy access is a key element to improving people’s lives, especially...

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Environment and Adaptation to Climate Change

The increasing variability of our climate, largely due to the

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Fisheries

Fisheries and aquaculture provide direct and indirect employment to over...

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Food Processing

New technologies have enabled agricultural products to be turned into a...

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Information, Communication and Learning

Access to information for all, enabling knowledge to be shared, and

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Livestock

This section on livestock includes all animals that are farmed, as well...

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Manufacturing, Handicraft and Process Industries

Many people in the world are involved in micro and small scale...

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Natural Resources Management

We live in an interconnected world where all our actions cause direct or...

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Social Development

For social entrepreneurs of small-scale technologies, getting the...

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Stories of Change

Our Stories of Change aim to give readers and practitioners a

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Transport

By improving transport and infrastructure, those without the means to

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Waste Management

As towns and cities around the world expand and populations grow,...

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Water and Sanitation

Over 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6...

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