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Managing for Sustainable Development Impact

by Cecile Kusters Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2017)

The development landscape has changed significantly over the last few decades, becoming increasingly complex. Many of the issues we face today such as climate change, poverty and conflict, call for a new way...


A Bucket of Water

by Kanayo F. Nwanze Practical Action Publishing (February 15, 2017)

The Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by 193 countries in 2015, set clear targets for ending hunger and undernutrition, as well as tackling poverty, inequality and the impact of climate change,...


Urban Governance in the Realm of Complexity

by Meine Pieter van Dijk Practical Action Publishing (January 15, 2017)

The challenge in the face of growing urban complexity is to foster new forms of urban governance through collective action, urban governance networks, and new forms of multi-level governance. New approaches...


The Global Child Poverty Challenge

by Richard Morgan Practical Action Publishing (September 15, 2016)

Children are the most vulnerable people in the world – but rarely has the impact of poverty on children been addressed as an urgent issue in its own right. The harm that deprivation does to girls and boys...


The MSP Guide

by Herman Brouwer Practical Action Publishing (June 15, 2016)

In recent years, multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) have become popular for tackling the complex challenges of sustainable development. This guide provides a practical framework for the design and facilitation...


Putting Knowledge to Work

by Luc Mougeot Practical Action Publishing (February 15, 2017)

Producing knowledge that is relevant and can be acted upon is essential for international development. There is a renewed urgency for knowledge from the civil society sector, particularly non-academic organizations,...


Minimum Economic Recovery Standards 3rd Edition

by The Seep Network Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2017)

A major shift has taken place in the field of humanitarian assistance. This shift includes greater awareness of the key role markets play in assisting affected populations to recover from shocks. In parallel...


Islamic Microfinance

by Malcolm Harper Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2017)

Microfinance institutions are today reaching hundreds of millions of clients throughout the global South, but the special needs of Muslim borrowers and savers, who wish to avoid any form of fixed interest, are...


Volunteer Voices

by Duncan McNicholl Practical Action Publishing (January 15, 2017)

Do you want to want to spend time on the other side of the world, seeing how people in developing countries live, and doing something to ‘make a difference’? Do you want to get first-hand experience of grassroots...


People's Knowledge and Participatory Action Research

by The People's Knowledge Editorial Collective Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2016)

The world of research run by universities and other institutions is dominated by a culture that is white, upper-middle class and male. When people from communities that have previously been excluded are asked...


Smart Risks

by Jennifer Lentfer Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2017)

As never before, international aid is in the hands of ordinary people. Concerned citizens in wealthy countries are starting philanthropy groups, joining giving circles, and travelling internationally to lend...


Sustainable Sanitation for All

by Petra Bongartz Practical Action Publishing (July 15, 2016)

Great strides have been made in improving sanitation in many developing countries. Yet, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack access to adequate sanitation facilities and the poorest and most vulnerable members...


Negotiating Knowledge

by Rachel Hayman Practical Action Publishing (July 15, 2016)

International NGOs are increasingly under pressure from governments and the public to demonstrate evidence of impact and positive results. This book critically examines how development NGOs working around the...


Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy

by Alison Mathie Practical Action Publishing (November 15, 2015)

This collection of eleven cases from Canada and the United States gives expression to the ideal of a new economy based on fairness and environmental sustainability. Grappling with complex problems in their local...


Scaling up Agroecology

by Chris Henderson Practical Action Publishing (September 15, 2015)

To eradicate extreme poverty means focusing on the 500 million smallholders so they can reliably generate more food and income from their agricultural activities. This paper uses the three pillars of Technology...


Agrarian Change, Migration and Development

by Henry Veltmeyer Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2016)

The focus and concern of Agrarian Change, Migration and Development is the problem of labour migraton. Veltmeyer and Wise explore the dynamics and development implications of the migration processes set in motion...


Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements

by Marc Edelman Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2016)

Transnational agrarian movements (TAMs) are organizations, networks, coalitions and solidarity linkages of farmers, peasants, pastoralists and their allies that cross national boundaries and seek to influence...


Managing Developmental Civil Society Organizations

by Richard Holloway Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2015)

When citizens band together in a civil society organization to effect change for the better, they can be a tremendous force for good. This book is about how to channel people’s enthusiasm most effectively,...


Fairtrade Impacts

by Valerie Nelson Practical Action Publishing (May 15, 2017)

Fairtrade goods are claimed to empower producers, and promote sustainable livelihoods, and it is these claims that attract consumers who willingly pay a premium for the sake of the benefits that they expect...


Rethink, Retool, Reboot

by Simon Trace Practical Action Publishing (July 15, 2016)

Technology underpins human development. We need it to provide the very basics of a minimum standard of life – food, water, shelter, health and education. But a significant proportion of the world’s population...


Farmer Research Groups

by Dawit Alemu Practical Action Publishing (June 15, 2016)

It has long been recognized that agricultural research should involve the farmers themselves. Participatory agricultural research methods have been developed to help farmers and researchers to identify the most...


Water Is Life

by G. Honor Fagan Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2015)

A safe, adequate water supply within easy reach is still a dream for many people living in rural Africa. This book examines why such a basic service is not yet universally available by studying in detail one...


Financial and Market Integration of Vulnerable People

by Linda Jones Practical Action Publishing (July 15, 2015)

Smallholder farmers, women earners, young job-seekers, people with disability and the entrenched poor often struggle to sustain themselves or contribute to the wellbeing of their households. Despite years of...


The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development

by Rosalind Eyben Practical Action Publishing (July 15, 2015)

Understanding and demonstrating the effectiveness of efforts to improve the lives of those living in poverty is an essential part of international development practice. But who decides what counts as good or...


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian Contexts

by Richard C Carter Practical Action Publishing (July 15, 2015)

Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, droughts, disease outbreaks as well as conflicts are all crises that result in death as well as profound disruption to those left behind, and to those communities who shelter them....


Peasants and the Art of Farming

by Jan Douwe van der Ploeg Practical Action Publishing (December 15, 2014)

Peasants and the Art of Farming: A Chayanovian Manifesto focuses on the structure and dynamics of peasant farms and the historically highly variable relations that govern the processes of labour and production...


Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development

by Ian Scoones Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2015)

The message of Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development is clear: livelihoods approaches are an essential lens on questions of rural development, but these need to be situated in a better understanding...


Participation Pays

by Tom Thomas Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2015)

The processes of international development often mean that beneficiaries have pre-designed programmes imposed upon them. Even the most well-intentioned development projects are often constrained by funding requirements...


Commercial and Inclusive Value Chains

by Malcolm Harper Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2015)

In spite of the current wave of globalization, the majority of the world’s people remain poor, excluded from economic development. The aim of this book is to show that disadvantaged smallholders and other...


The Business of Doing Good

by Anton Simanowitz Practical Action Publishing (January 15, 2015)

Why is it that so many organizations, seeking to do good in the world, miss opportunities to do so – and indeed sometimes exacerbate the very problem they seek to address? The Business of Doing Good reveals...


Humanitarian Needs Assessment

by Acaps Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2014)

What assistance do disaster-affected communities need? This book guides humanitarian field staff in answering this vital question during the early days and weeks following a disaster, when timely and competent...


Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards 2nd Edition

by Legs Practical Action Publishing (December 31, 2014)

The LEGS process grew out of the recognition that livestock are a crucial liveli¬hood asset for people throughout the world – many of whom are poor and vulnerable to both natural and human-induced disasters...


Poor People's Energy Outlook 2014

by Practical Action Practical Action Publishing (July 15, 2014)

Energy poverty is a crippling component of the poverty trap that consigns victims to lives of drudgery and subsistence. Accordingly, we have recently seen the rise of concern for energy access on the international...


Qualitative Research for Development

by Morten Skovdal Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2015)

How do we know whether our development programmes are reducing poverty and empowering the most vulnerable people? What evidence do we have to support our theory of change? Qualitative research for development...


Navigating Complexity in International Development

by Danny Burns Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2015)

International development interventions often fail because development experts assume that our world is linear and straightforward when in reality it is complex, highly dynamic and unpredictable. Things rarely...


Small-scale Rural Biogas Programmes

by David Fulford Practical Action Publishing (January 15, 2015)

Renewable energy is becoming crucially important, as concern over burning fossil fuels is increasing and the price of oil continues to rise. Biogas technology has undergone great developments since the first...


Brazil Inside Out

by Jan Rocha Practical Action Publishing (April 24, 2014)

Seen as a successful ‘emerging economy’, Brazil walks tall on the world stage and its voice is growing louder. Its success, celebrated in the 2014 Football World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, is attracting...


Wellbeing Ranking

by John Rowley Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2014)

Wealth-ranking is a participatory tool enabling people to group their fellows into wealth bands, and thus identify the very poor. Now the method has been developed to include the broader aspects of wellbeing,...


What Works for Africa's Poorest

by David Lawson Practical Action Publishing (February 15, 2017)

Although great strides have been made, Africa still lags behind other parts of the world in the reduction of poverty. We now know that the poorest people rarely benefit from poverty reduction programmes, and...


Wellbeing and Quality of Life Assessment

by Sarah C White Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2014)

Human development may encompass social, cultural and spiritual facets as well as economic improvement, and development organizations are beginning to recognize this fact. But building into programming a wider...


Still Standing?

by Theo Schilderman Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2014)

Huge levels of aid are spent on reconstructing housing after disasters. Have these houses withstood the test of time and hazard? Just as important from the point of view of their owners, has the reconstruction...


Training for Transformation in Practice

by Anne Hope Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2014)

Training for Transformation is an approach to community organization encompassed in three books which enables people to ‘read their reality and write their own history’ using a combination of group processes,...


Scaling Up Multiple Use Water Services

by Barbara van Koppen Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2014)

Poor people in developing countries need water for many purposes: for drinking, bathing, irrigating vegetable gardens, and watering livestock. However, responsibility for water services is divided between different...


Into the Unknown

by Robert Chambers Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2014)

Development is about change, and lives immersed in researching international development should be prepared for exploration, for discovering the unexpected, and for questioning the direction that ‘development’...


From Infrastructure to Services

by Ton Schouten Practical Action Publishing (April 15, 2015)

From Infrastructure to Services reveals important breakthroughs in country-led and country-wide monitoring of rural and small towns water supplies; ICT for monitoring sustainable service delivery; monitoring...


Feminists in Development Organizations

by Rosalind Eyben Practical Action Publishing (October 15, 2013)

Feminists in Development Organizations arises from a collaborative project of feminists working inside the head offices of multilateral organizations, government aid agencies and international NGOs.The personal...


Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change

by Jonathan Ensor Practical Action Publishing (January 15, 2014)

As climate becomes less predictable and extreme weather events become more frequent, there is an urgent need for support that will help communities to prepare and adapt to changing conditions. This support is...


Poor People's Energy Outlook 2013

by Practical Action Practical Action Publishing (March 15, 2013)

In many countries poor people’s energy access is yet to be given sufficient priority and fails to be acknowledged as a key enabler in improving health, education, and other community services. As a contribution...


Savings Groups at the Frontier

by Candace Nelson Practical Action Publishing (January 02, 2014)

Savings Groups reach those rarely served by mainstream financial institutions.Maximum transparency, a profitable structure for saving, access to small loans and an annual lump sum of capital are the hallmarks...


Poor People's Energy Outlook 2010

by Practical Action Practical Action Publishing (March 15, 2013)

The Poor People's Energy Outlook presents a unique perspective on energy access in developing countries. It reports in unprecedented detail the experiences of energy use and deprivation of people living in poverty....