Institutional Partners

Changing complex social and economic systems relies on secure, long-term funding to deliver lasting outcomes and bigger impact. Our valued partnerships with funders are built on trust and accountability and allow us to invest in our strategic priorities.

We have close relationships with, and receive funding from, governments and other national institutions. This funding allows us to work more quickly and more effectively, as well as to remain innovative and learn from others. Each partnership is different, but each one helps us increase the reach of our work and transform the lives of more people living in poverty.

Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DfID) is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain’s aid to developing countries and works to eradicate extreme poverty.

DfID has supported our work for many years. We work alongside them through established networks, such as Bond’s Development and Environment Group and the UK Food Group. We have been receiving strategic level funding from them through their Partnership Programme Agreements – based around mutually agreed outcomes and individual performance frameworks – since 2004. DfID directly funds some of our project work, for example, our work with smallholder formers in Zimbabwe. We also provide them with consultancy services.

European Union

The European Union (EU) was founded to make Europe more democratic, efficient and transparent, and better placed to tackle global challenges such as climate change, security and sustainable development. We seek to influence EU development policy in the areas of food and agriculture and energy access, working in partnership with other European development organisations.

The European Union is also one of Practical Action’s most important donors. However, Brexit is likely to limit our ability to partner with them and access their grants. To mitigate this risk, we’re already partnering with EU-based agencies and hope to access EU funds with them.

Jersey Overseas Aid

Jersey Overseas Aid is an independent international aid agency, funded by the States of Jersey, which was established in 1968 to respond to humanitarian crises and work to reduce poverty through supporting projects overseas.

Jersey Overseas Aid supports a variety of initiatives by partnering with select international organisations. It has worked with Practical Action for many years on a number of projects. One of these is a project in Nepal to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in remote areas. The work included upgrading water mills and installing irrigation schemes.

World Bank

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries. Its goals are to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.