Major Awards or Recognition Received by DA
WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal 2011 – DA Founder and Chairman Dr. Ashok Khosla receives WWF gold medal at Buckingham Palace in recognition of outstanding service to the environment.
Global Go To Think Tanks Rankings
– Development Alternatives wins top standing in four major categories according to University of Pennsylvania’s 2012 International Relations Program Report.
Top 50: greatest impact on global public policy
Top 30: transparency and good governance
Top 30: best use of communications media
Top 30: external relations/public engagement
JCB - Confederation of Indian Industry- APTDC 2nd Runner-up Award for Excellence in Waste Management, 2011 – CLEAN-India’s Dindigul project is honoured for its community initiative involving students in setting up an entrepreneurial waste management system.
Manthan Award Special Mention 2011 – Radio Bundelkhand is recognised for enabling informed dialogue and rural empowerment.
Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia Award, 2011 –Radio Bundelkhand won the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia Award for promoting the local culture of Bundelkhand through its programmes.
India NGO Award 2010 – as the best NGO in the regional category (northern zone)
Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Ekta Samman, 2010 – to Air Vice Marshall Sahni, Senior Advisor, Development Alternatives for his work in the degraded land and wasteland of Bundelkhand.
NDTV-Toyota Green Award 2010 - to Development Alternatives World Headquarters in the category of Green Design
World Bank Global Development Marketplace Competition - 2009
Order of the British Empire (OBE) Award - 2008
Tech Awards Laureate by the Tech Museum of Innovation - 2008 - for DESI Power as one of the 25 best of the best technologies of the world
Tech Awards Laureate under the Equality category - 2008 - for the Lifelines Project that is being implemented by TARAhaat
National Award for Women’s Development through application of science and technology - 2007 - for developing low-cost and portable water-testing kits for use in rural areas
Manthan AIF Award - 2006 - for best e-content and creativity under the environment category in India for the CLEAN-India website
World Bank Global Development Marketplace Competition - 2006 - for the DESI Power 100 Village Employment & Power Partnership Programme
Schwab Foundation Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship Award - 2004 - for market-based solutions to social problems
Samsung Digital Hope Award - 2003 - for innovative use of ICT for rural masses in India
United Nations- Habitat Dubai Best Practices Award - 2002 - for its role as the technological partner with CARE-India in the Orissa Cyclone Reconstruction Programme
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa Environment Prize - 2002 - for outstanding global achievements in the field of environment
The Stockholm Challenge Award - 2001 - for contribution to the global movement of building a better information society for all
The Jawaharlal Nehru Prize - 1998 - for the popularisation of science by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)
Sri M. Viswevaraya Prize - 1995 - for Micro Concrete Roofing Technology by Housing & Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) and the Hari Om Ashram Trust, Gujarat
Order of the Golden Ark of Netherlands - 1994 - To Dr Ashok Khosla for leadership in promoting the environment and development cause
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global 500 Award - 1992 - for global achievements in the field of environment
Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) Certificate of Appreciation - 1989 - for contribution towards protection of the environment