Practical Answers

Practical Answer is the technical information service of Practical Action, sharing knowledge about appropriate, small-scale technologies that improve the lives of people living in poverty. Through the wealth of technical knowledge within Practical Action and our partners, we enable access to it with our various digital channels that are managed by 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.

Practical Answers is the technical information and practical knowledge service of Practical Action.  Please visit our organisational website if you are looking for information about our projects and wider work.