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Profile of registrant

Practical Action

Identification number in the register: 13386822830-30
Registration date: 17/12/09 18:28:32

The information on this organisation was last modified on 20/11/14 12:56:48
The date of the last annual update was 20/11/14 11:34:18

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Practical Action
Legal status: registered charity
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Simon Trace
Position: Chief Executive Officer

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Sarah Sandon
Position: Programme Funding Adviser

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: N/A The Schumacher Centre, Bourton - on- Dunsmore 
Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 9QZ
Telephone number: (+44 0) 1926 634400
Fax number: (+44 0) 1926 634401
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Practical Action is a charity founded by the economist and thinker Fritz Schumacher in 1966, encapsulating his idea that sustainable development depends on the identification and use of appropriate, intermediate technology in all walks of life; rural livelihoods, market access, infrastructure services, and in the use of new technologies. Practical Action's Vision is of a sustainable world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used for the benefit of all. Our mission is to use technology to challenge poverty by building the capabilities of poor people, improving their access to technical options and knowledge, and working with them to influence social, economic and institutional systems for innovation and the use of technology. Practical Action works in more than 20 countries worldwide with offices in Latin America, Africa and South Asia bringing direct material benefits to a million people each year and, indirectly, to considerably more by influencing the policies and practices of others. Subsidiaries include Practical Action Publishing and Practical Action Consulting.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 661
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Climate change, renewable energy, food and agriculture,

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Climate Action
  • Development
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Information Society
  • Research and Technology


Total number of members that are natural persons: 661
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

  • PERU
Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Some of the development networks, associations, platforms, etc. to whom Practical Action is affiliated are:

International Liaison/Lobbying Groups
• International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD)
• Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP)
• EU Energy Initiative
• Partnership for Clean Indoor Air
• International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance
• Duryog Nivaran (South Asia Disaster Forum)
• Habitat Best Practices Committee
• La RED
• Dams and Development Forum
• International Planning Committee (FAO)

National Liaison/Lobbying Groups (UK only)
• Development and Environment Group (DEG)
• Gender and Development Network
• Urban Poverty Group
• Development Studies Association
• Development Education Association
• Third World and Environment Broadcasting (3WE)
• Bretton Woods Project
• Trade Justice Movement
• UK Food Group
• Funding Working Group
• Charity Finance Directors Group
• Disaster and Risk Reduction Group
• Southern Advocacy Group

Financial data

Financial year: 04/2012 - 03/2013
Total budget: 36,596,000
of which public financing: 18,403,000
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants: 4,247,000
- from national sources: 10,659,000
- from local/regional sources:
DFID : 3,497,000
from other sources: 18,193,000
- donations: 15,051,000
- contributions from members:
Income from Subsidiaries : 3,142,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year:
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:


Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.