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Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions - transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them. For more details visit

IATI identifier


Implementation Schedule


Organisations / agencies covered

The IATI data will cover approx 80% of charitable activities but will exclude data for Fundraising,Governance and Subsidiaries. Practical Action receives a PPA grant from DFID which is used to support Practical Action’s overall strategy.

Timeliness of Data

Data will be published on a quarterly basis, one quarter in arrears.

Frequency of publication


Frequency of publication (extra comments)

Data will be updated on a quarterly basis

Units of Aid

Practical Action will follow a hierarchical structure of Organisation, Region, Country and Project.

Segmentation of Published Data

Initially Practical Action will provide one activity file with activities at country and project level. During 2013/2014 we will work towards publishing data as a separate file per country office.

Data Definitions and References


Field Exclusions


Record Exclusions

For security reasons, transaction level reporting will be excluded to avoid personably identifiable data that may put staff, partners, communities or offices at risk. Projects will be reported at a minimum country and project level together with details of our funding sources. Only the names of certain donors will be published in order to comply with data protection and to take into consideration donor requirements where some donors wish to remain anonymous, or if this is required under the terms of a contract with a donor. Project level documentation will not be published as Practical Action does not wish to disclose any information that may be confidential due to legal or contractual reasons or any information that may harm Practical Action Operations either in the UK or overseas. The intention will be to publish information on projects that are active at the time of publication. Data for fundraising, governance and our subsidiaries will initially be excluded but published during 2013/14 when we plan to streamline our internal processes, systems and reporting to meet this requirement.


There are no thresholds for publishing activities (projects).

Other Constraints

For income and expenditure, Practical Action will aggregate and publish the details for certain grants funding specific charitable activities whilst aggregating other grant / funding into ‘other’ category to comply with data protection and to take into consideration donor requirements where some donors wish to remain anonymous, or if this is required under the terms of a contract with a donor. Publication of certain information, for example data for subsidiaries, fundraising and governance is pending but we intend to publish by April 2014. We have provided information based on what our current systems will permit however Practical Action will be reviewing internal data and processes during 2013/2014 in order to streamline our current ability to fill any gaps and fully comply with the IATI standard.

Data Quality

Data is based on operational data from our internal project database/finance systems. It will be unverified and subject to change. Data will be updated on a year to date basis each quarter as we believe this will provide more useful information for the reader.

User Interface

At this stage, we are not planning to create a separate organisational interface, but will consider this area further during 2013/2014. Practical Action welcomes feedback on the information provided. We are also keen to provide user friendly information. If anyone would like to view the data in an alternative format eg pdf format or would like to feedback then please contact Annual Report and Accounts are available at Practical Action website

User Interface Website