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About PIN

Practical Initiatives Network (PIN) is a free, open, worldwide network providing a platform for development organisations to share ideas and learn from each other's successful (and less successful) practical initiatives. Visit (and contribute to) our crowd-sourced blog!

PIN began with the recognition that development organisations worldwide work on similar initiatives and could benefit from the knowledge, expertise and lessons learned by others. For more information see this short video, our entry on PIN and post on WhyDev. You can also click here for the paper that inspired PIN or read our interview with Huffington Post Impact.

To add your initiative(s) just click here: how to submit and follow the three simple steps. Please provide as much information as you can - including website links. If you get in touch with an organisation and it leads to a new initiative or collaboration we’d love to hear about it.

We welcome questions, suggestions and feedback. Please email us at: 'Like' us on facebook: Practical Initiatives Network - PIN 'Follow' us on twitter: @PIN_Network and help us spread the word!

Terms of Service - This website is intended as a platform for development organisations to share information freely. Initiatives remain the property of their respective organisations. We therefore are not responsible or liable for any views or information shared on this website or how this information may be used. By submitting your initiative, you agree to our terms of service.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What should I submit as an “initiative”? The website is intended for development initiatives worldwide. If your organisation has one initiative simply submit that. If your organisation has multiple initiatives or functions, please submit them separately.

Is this website independent? Yes it’s an entirely independent platform for organisations to directly share their experiences.

How do I get started? Just click here and follow these three simple steps: how to submit making sure you’re logged in when you submit your initiative so you can log back in and edit your initiative in the future.

I created an account but don't know if it worked? You should receive an email from us within 10 minutes - once you have it, click the link to activate your account. You can then log in anytime using your email address and password.

I have some exciting news about my initiative on PIN! How do I share it? We’re always keen to help you share your news! Feel free to update your initiative on PIN and do email and/or tweet us too.

I don't know what to write for one of the sections on the form, what should I do? You’re welcome to leave non-essential fields blank – you can log back in at any time to add more information. If there are any sections that aren’t clear please let us know!

I want to upload more than one news link or image, how do I do it? After you’ve added one you can click the + sign to the right and another box will appear allowing you to upload more.

I have submitted my initiative but can’t see it on the website? If its been 24 hours please email to let us know.

I was part of an initiative that failed, should I still upload it? Yes! We believe you can learn just as much from an initiative that didn’t work out as one that did. You can select this as an option on the drop down menu when you submit your initiative.


Useful Links


WhyDev: provide a collaborative and participatory platform for all individuals, experienced and inexperienced alike, passionate about development, aid and other global issues. Weh Yeoh (WhyDev Co-Founder), "PIN is an excellent initiative that combats that most persistent problem of aid and development – the isolation within which each organisation and individual works. NGOs are not known for their willingness or ability to cooperate and share information – PIN does its best to combat that. The best ideas these days are not flashy or ground breaking, they are the ones that aim to connect existing ideas. For this very reason, PIN is an excellent initiative in itself."

tools4dev: provide resources, reviews and how-to guides for international development professionals and aid workers. Piroska Bisits-Bullen (tools4dev co-founder), "Seeing the results of other projects is one of the best ways to find our what works (and what doesn't) in international development. PIN has the potential to help all of us learn from each other."

Aid Works: helps NGOs to strengthen their systems, and supports local & international aid workers to reach their potential through training and e-learning.

How Matters: is a development blog with a multitude of international development resources, websites and development blogs.

Hii Dunia: seeks to broaden development discourse by publishing Articles, Papers and Projects as well as housing a comprehensive Development Blog, Web and Twitter Directory.

The Footprints Network: is a charity aggregator providing overviews of completed projects carried out by a number of organisations worldwide.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL): is a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.

Innovations for Poverty Action: is dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. IPA design and evaluate programs and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale.

The Barefoot Guide Connection: is global online community of fresh resources, thoughtful conversation and sideways approaches to social change.

Oxfam GB’s Policy & Practice Website: provide thousands of resources including research reports, journal articles, policy briefs, programme evaluations, training resources, books and case studies.