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Practical Action Publishing

As the specialist publishing arm of a global change-making organisation, we partner with the brightest minds to publish the latest development perspectives. We put affordable knowledge into the hands of people who need it most, whatever their location, in a language and format that suits them best.

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Oxfam GB publishes a range of books, journals, reports, training resources, videos, and policy papers. Through its publishing, Oxfam sets out to communicate its policy research, advocacy messages, and programme experience, and to be an active contributor to current debates in development.

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The Sphere Association

The Sphere Association is a voluntary initiative that brings a wide range of humanitarian agencies together around a common aim - to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors and affected populations. The Sphere Handbook is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in life-saving areas of humanitarian response. In support of their activities, Sphere Association produces several operational guides and training materials in a variety of languages including English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

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Latin America Bureau

Latin America Bureau detailed, consistent analysis draws together the continent’s wealth of campaigns, voices and stories, making sense of them in a wider context and charting the progress and reverses in issues such as human rights, climate change, democratic governance, extractive industries, land distribution and food production. LAB brings an alternative, critical awareness and understanding of Latin America to readers across the English-speaking world, whether activists, academics, researchers or the business community. Practical Action Publishing is distributor and co-publisher for Latin America Bureau.

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The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) based at Loughborough University in the UK is one of the world’s leading education and research institutes for improving access to infrastructure and services for the poor in low- and middle-income countries. WEDC publications include books, manuals, academic papers, conference proceedings, reports, articles, projects, and case studies published either by WEDC or though other international publishers.

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Salamander Trust

Salamander aims to protect, promote and enhance the health and rights of people marginalised by societies worldwide as a result of their gender, HIV status or sexual and reproductive health issues. Their approach is holistic, inclusive and people-centred, based on gender- and child- rights.

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INTRAC is a not-for-profit organisation. Their mission is to strengthen the effectiveness of civil society to challenge poverty and inequality, empowering people to gain control over their own future. For 25 years INTRAC’s expert consultants, trainers and researchers have been building the skills and knowledge of CSOs and influencing civil society policy and practice. INTRAC Publications seek to disseminate findings obtained through its integrated training, research and consultancy programme. Practical Action Publishing are the exclusive European and North American distributors of INTRAC Publications.

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Natural Resources Institute (NRI) publishes affordable books on agricultural development in support of sustainable livelihoods. Based on sound scientific and socio-economic research, these books range from offering advice to policy makers and natural resource managers through to extension material for use at grass roots level. Practical Action Publishing are the exclusive worldwide trade distributors for NRI Publications.

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Swiss Centre for Development Cooperation in Technology and Management (SKAT) is one of the original European development agencies to emerge from the 'Small is Beautiful' movement. Over the years SKAT has become the leading Swiss consultancy firm working internationally in the field of rural and urban infrastructure. SKAT's main areas of focus are Water and Sanitation, Architecture and Building, Urban Development, and Transport Infrastructure. Practical Action Publishing are the exclusive European and North American trade distributors of SKAT Publications.

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International Development Research Centre (IDRC)/ Centre de Recherches pour le Developpement International (CRDI) is Canada's main research agency on development issues. They publish the results of IDRC-supported research on global and regional issues related to sustainable and equitable development in English, French and Spanish. IDRC contributes to the body of knowledge on development issues to further the cause of global understanding and equity. Practical Action Publishing are the exclusive European distributors of IDRC Books.

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Fernwood Publishing

Historically, Fernwood Publishing has published primarily for an academic audience; edited books and monographs intended as supplementary texts in all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses. Fernwood's main focus is in the social sciences, with an emphasis on criminology, aboriginal studies, labour studies, women’s studies, gender studies, critical theory, politics, political economy, cultural studies and social work. Critical books for critical thinkers! Practical Action Publishing distributes exclusively outside of US & Canada,  two of Fernwood's special series Agrarian Change & Peasant Studies and Critical Development Studies.