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Practical Answers is our technical information content platform that puts practical knowledge into the hands of last mile development practitioners, so that the hardest-to-reach communities can change their world . We enable access for all, to the wealth of technical knowledge within Practical Action, and our partners

At our core is a technical enquiry service where anyone working in poverty reduction, or on small-scale technology projects, can ask a question and receive a response from our local experts free of charge. Find out more about what we do.

We currently answer more than 70,000 enquiries each year!

To be most useful, knowledge has to be locally relevant. Our service is very decentralised with most of our work being managed from offices around the world. Our team is located in 10 country offices, and we are in constant collaboration with our Practical Action colleagues.

We have a wealth of knowledge and experience in sustainable and practical solutions for poverty reduction.

The Practical Answers digital platform and mobile app is now managed by our specialist publisher Practical Action Publishing.

Our vision

Practical Answers’ vision for the world is that people who need knowledge about technology for poverty reduction should have access to the relevant information in the right format at the right time.

We all share the planet so let’s share the Answers, so more people can change their world. Our mission is to innovate and respond to what change-makers need, by partnering with the brightest minds to publish relevant technical information for the hardest to reach communities, whatever their location, in a language and format that suits them best.

Our services have helped to improve the lives of many around the world. Read some short personal accounts of our impact, which vary from a Nepalese farmer improving her rice production after attending Practical Answers training, to a Zimbabwean community benefiting from using a Podcasting service.


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