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Journeying towards a New Normal


The COVID 19 crisis has cast a paralytic shadow on the trajectory of development. As the world is still grappling with the pandemic, we have to admit to the fact that this unforeseen enemy was always poised to strike. We must accept that a re-orientation in existing structures is necessary for us to develop resilience from any anticipated future crises. The 2016 UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Frontiers report had flagged zoonoses as an issue of global concern. Unwavering global trends have highlighted that zoonotic disease outbreaks are happening more frequently. Without human to animal transmission, the pandemic would not have presented itself so virulently. Drivers of ecosystem fragmentation have exacerbated the crisis.

A Roadmap for Reimagining the Future


COVID-19 is a crisis that defies all rules. It has affected us in unimaginable ways, with repercussions that will last for many decades. The pandemic has brought the fragility of livelihood security for millions of Indians into sharp focus. Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers are caught in “no man’s land” and many more are stuck in cities, without an income and unable to make their way home.

Ternary Approach to Development Funding: Triangular Cooperation


South-South Cooperation (SSC) is a broad framework of collaboration among countries of the Global South in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. Involving two or more developing countries, it can take place on a bilateral, regional, intra-regional or inter-regional basis. SSC has existed for at least sixty years but it has gradually attained prominence in the past two decades.

Redefining Our Approach to Achieving Scale


The desire to create social and environmental impact at scale is central to the mission of many social purpose organisations. Their ability to do so on the strength of grant funding has become constrained in recent years. In such a scenario, how do traditional Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or other not-for profit entities continue to pursue their mission; and thrive without the support of generous philanthropic funding?

Green and Inclusive Future - A New World is Possible


The future is green and it is inclusive or there is no future. As we turn the decade and the new year, the one lingering image of the past year is of the FUTURE - our youth demanding that governments and national leaders that hold power and money either change paths or move off the path. In our universities, our market places, our homes and institutions, young people are not only raising the demands for their right to a sustainable future; they are also showing by example what can be done. Co-working and living, sharing economies, green construction systems, new energy start-ups, bike sharing apps, waste to wealth interventions, water saving systems, organic foods and eco-tourism, the list goes on and on. Young people are demonstrating what is possible.

Green Economy Coalition Global Annual Meeting 2020 Organised in Delhi


Development Alternatives organised the Green Economy Coalition Global Annual Meeting from 4-6 February 2020 in New Delhi. The focus was to create global momentum on recognising Local Green Enterprises as an instrumental approach towards greening the economy.

Changing Face of Rural Communication


Development is a course of action that marks growth, progress, positive change in the physical, economic, environmental, social and demographic components of a community or region. It also means effective utilisation of..

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:



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