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Lights, Camera, Action: Reflections from the Access Agriculture video training in Bangladesh

Mohammad Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan

May 24th, 2017

It is very easy to make videos with your mobile phone but when your aspirations are to share the film globally, and with a specific audience in mind, it is not… Over the last two weeks colleagues from Bangladesh and Nepal participated in a video training workshop provided by Access Agriculture in the Northern part of Bangladesh. Access Agriculture are a key partner of Practical Answers, our technical information service, providing and sharing technical solutions to solve agricultural challenges! The […]

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Story of Kopila Chaudhary — how knowledge transformed my life

Sarah Begg

March 20th, 2017

“The gift of material goods makes people dependent, but the gift of knowledge makes them free”, these profound words of E.F.Schumacher still hold true today. In fact, they are the foundation of Practical Action’s last mile knowledge service, Practical Answers. Knowledge sharing, skills development and capacity building allows vulnerable communities across the globe to improve their own livelihoods and thrive in future years to come. Meet Mrs Chaudhary, a mother to five. She lives in the far west rural region […]

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Talking shit at FSM4 Conference – Feedback on our sanitation work in Bangladesh

Noemie De La Brosse

March 15th, 2017

Talking about shit for a week in India — a fascinating context to present our sanitation work! India, a country that has undertaken a huge and ambitious national scale clean-up campaign (‘Swachh Bharat’ /’Clean India Mission’), hosted the 4th Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Conference in Chennai this February. In total, 1,100 practitioners, governments and private sector representatives from all over the world participated in the conference. This was a truly unique sharing and visibility opportunity for our organisation. As a result, we ran out of […]

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Knowledge matters and it empowers

Sanjib Chaudhary

March 13th, 2017

Three female Muscovy ducks were splashing in greenish water kept in a small concrete tub when we reached Bhumisara Poudel’s house. The drake was tethered to a post near the coop and the area was covered with a mosquito net. Nearby, a manure yard measuring 6 ft x 4 ft made from cement blocks was also covered with a mosquito net. I wondered why they had mosquito nets everywhere around the manure yard. “The net stops rats and moles from […]

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Kamala Joshi — A woman who broke the cycle of discrimination

Sarita Heikkinen

March 09th, 2017

Mother’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. Not because of all the festivities or pastries (which I don’t mind!), but because it reminds me of all the amazing women I have met, but I haven’t had a chance to tell you about yet. Meet Kamala Joshi, a Nepalese single-mother who, like many other women in rural communities, got married in her early twenties. She had a baby soon after wedlock, sadly, her husband left her shortly […]

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