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Can Jal Shakti Abhiyan Alleviate Our Water Crisis?


The story of India’s water crisis today is not an accidental occurrence. What is unfolding in front of us has been warned by both experts and practitioners several times over. By 2030, the crisis can deepen by 40% more if business as usual continues.

Ecotourism - A Way of Holistic Development in Rural Areas


The Himalayan states receive more than 700,000 tourists every year for commercial and pilgrimage tourism. This growth in traditional tourism has resulted in over exploitation of natural resources coupled with unsystematic development and environmental pollution...

Clean Technology Trends and Needs


If we look at the global trend over the last few decades, then most of the clean technology innovations have been ‘desktop innovations’ focussing on development and application of software and processes.

The Power of Entrepreneurship


The Indian economy has shown remarkable rates of growth, and yet, unemployment is rising and a major share of the country's population remains underemployed...

Skilling lndia


Our country has recently experienced rapid economic growth, largely led by the service sector. Yet, employment has grown slowly, particularly in the private sector, making the 1990s and 2000s a period of ‘jobless growth'

Resource Efficiency for Sustainable Wellbeing of All


For centuries, our development and economic prosperity has depended on production of more and more goods and services. This has led to an ever-growing consumption of natural resources

Tackling Challenges of Youth Unemployment in India


On one hand, higher growth has raised the youth’s aspirations for more meaningful jobs, thereby leading to a mismatch between jobs offered and jobs that educated youth are looking for. On the other hand, in today’s era of the fourth industrial revolution, young people need to be equipped with necessary skills to work with new technologies. Spells of unemployment, particularly long spells, can lead to scarring effects and a higher likelihood of being unemployed later in life and a wage penalty.

India's Waste Woes: Is Waste-to-Energy the Answer?


Increasing industrialisation, urbanisation and changes in the pattern of life, which accompany the process of economic growth, give rise to increasing quantities of waste leading to increased threats to the environment. India’s 377 million urban folks are generating 62 million tonnes of waste every year.

Micro-entrepreneurship For Empowerment


Micro enterprises are the primary engines of economic development, income growth and poverty reduction in much of the developing world. According to a World Bank report1, the formal SMEs contribute up to 60% of the total employment and up to 40% of the national income (GDP) in emerging economies. Despite their significant role, the growth of micro enterprises is limited on account of the following factors:

Agroforestry based Farming Model for Livelihood Security of Tribal Fa


Natural resources are vital for food and environmental security and for providing stable livelihoods. It is now widely accepted that attention has to be paid on conservation and management of natural resources. Fruit-based agroforestry model is an alternative land use system that integrates the cultivation of cash crops (vegetables, spices, pulses) along with fruit trees.

Employment and Apprenticeship: 2019 Perspective


There are 1.2 billion people in the world below the poverty line and they survive on less than $1 a day, out of which roughly a third of them live in India. Their economic development would definitely increase their quality of life. Thus, in recent times, there has been a lot of importance given to livelihoods and skill development, especially for unemployed youth.

Bridging Information Gap: Livelihood Campaign in Bundelkhand


Bridging the information gap has emerged as an integral part of the development process. It talks about engagement where all the participants are key members in the development process and not mere spectators. Increasingly the need for two-way communication process to understand community needs and package relevant knowledge for community empowerment has become very important.

Technologies in the Circular Economy


COP24 will be focussing on setting the rules that govern the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. The IPCC latest Special Report on Global Warming states that, "Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C.

Building Sustainable Communities - The Good Earth Story


We started our journey 30 years ago – a group of architects, engineers, crafts persons, inspired by architect Laurie Baker, who greatly influenced our way of thinking. His spontaneous and playful style was hands - on and involved all the stakeholders in a democratic way. His architecture imbibed sustainability long before it was fashionable to do so and has been a defining factor in our journey. This has been received very well by our clients and is evident in the vibrant and participative nature of our communities.

Is Sustainable Tourism a New Idea?


The World Tourism and Travel Council estimates that the tourism sector will grow at a rate of 7% annually over the next decade, an estimate that may well be somewhat conservative. The sector can also generate significant demand for transportation, resource-heavy infrastructure and energy-intensive activities leading to undesirable ecological damage and climate-related impacts and disparity and inequity in the local population – making the rich richer and the poor poorer in most cases...

Social Innovation and Job-Creation in India


The Indian economy today generates lesser employment than the number of job entrants in the market. It is estimated that over 30,000 young women and men enter the labour market each day in India, of whom less than half find employment in the current economic scenario1. If we continue to have such high rates of unemployment, it can lead to social problems of drug addiction and rising crime rates especially amongst the youth. Opportunity has become one of the most perplexing questions of our times. Job creation calls for innovation in social institutions.



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