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Three Reasons To Donate To Practical Action
- Many of the advancements in technology do nothing for people living in abject poverty. The gap between developed and developing is increasing with the latter needing practical solutions to present day problems they face. If you believe that we should focus R&D on providing these kind of solutions, you should support Practical Action.
- Every little bit helps. Practical Action seeks to provide everyday solutions to everyday problems and this means solutions need to be low cost and scalable. Every penny you spend on Practical Presents will go towards achieving that goal, so if you want to help make a real difference in the life of someone, you should make a purchase from the Practical Presents shop.
- It’s a special present. It’s not every day you can gift someone in a far off country some seeds which can be used for farming. The person receiving the gift in the UK is bound to be excited that they were the reason why a farmer in Bangladesh can feed his family.
About Practical Action
Practical Action is a charity that was founded by economist Fritz Schumacher over 40 years ago. During that time span, the organisation has supported millions of people in their quest to transform their lives. Practical Action works to find new solutions to old problems. For example, it uses the internet to transmit information on animal health to Zimbabwean farmers. The agency also looks for solutions to new problems such as farmers in Bangladesh who can no longer make a living because of river erosion. Practical Action seeks to produce Simple, Sustainable and Successful solutions.
Harnessing technology to deliver basic needs
Practical Action is acutely aware that the huge advancements in technology and economic growth do almost nothing for the two billion people around the world living abject poverty. The agency is worried that as we find ourselves in the 21st century we have reached a tipping point. Whilst the danger that we lose the opportunity to build a sustainable future is real, it is also equally possible that together we can build a world that is free from poverty and injustice. Practical Action wants to harness technology so that basic needs of all individuals on the planet are met. In order to build such a world, we need to change the way we think to a blueprint Practical Action says should include its three big ideas; equity, well-being and technology justice.