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If You Empower a Woman, You Empower the Nation


The narrative of the world is often shaped and constructed by the people who run the world in any century. In this highly patriarchal world, men happen to be the authors of the world history, geography and politics by default; leaving a large power gap between the two genders. Today, we live in a world which is beginning to see the potential that women’s participation and emancipation holds for the world at large and yet we are only scratching the surface.

The Entrepreneurship Paradox - From Mirzapur to Mumbai


Flash-forward to India 2030, the year by which humankind aims to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Picture Vidya, a 25 year old young woman aspiring to be the future of change, still scrounging for resources, turning to entrepreneurship as a means of subsistence in the by lanes of Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. In contrast, Rahul, at the same age, in the power corridors of Mumbai, promoting his latest mobile application that will capture data from millions of people such as Vidya and sell it, catapulting Rahul into becoming a darling of global investors.

Financing the Green Transition – Strengthening of Micro, Small and Med


Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are at the heart of the Indian economy, with significant contribution to national GDP and employment. The SDG framework brought the fundamental role of MSMEs in local and national development to centre stage. Government too has focussed on the business stability and financial sustainability of MSMEs as a priority in the national development plans including giving the sector a special focus in the post pandemic economic revival strategy in 2020.

Preparing Rural Communities for Climate Smart Farming


Household agricultural income in the semi-arid Bundelkhand region of Central India is taking a serious hit with fluctuating rainfall patterns. Around 80% of the population in Bundelkhand is dependent on agriculture and allied activities for their livelihood. Looking at the impact of climate change,

Reimagining the Future - On a Path for the Well-Being of Future Genera


We have failed our children in the promise that the world will be better for them as it was for us in many ways. This planet, our home, is unlikely to be the safe haven for our future generations that we had pledged. As we struggle to emerge from the grips of the global pandemic, we know that is not the first nor the last human-ecological disaster that we will face. Recurring droughts, cyclones and floods of increasing ferocity, sea waters that are eating-up fields and homes on the coastline and mountain rivers that no longer flow, are real and are here to stay.

Greening the Brick Sector in India: Bihar Leading the Way


In recent times, in our fight against the Novel Corona Virus COVID-19, the need for staying connected and being informed has been felt more than ever before especially in the case of rural communities in far flung areas. Since women share majority space as frontline health workers both in rural and urban areas, they are bearing the brunt of water scarcity.

Water Smartness is Vital to Embrace the “New Normal”


In recent times, in our fight against the Novel Corona Virus COVID-19, the need for staying connected and being informed has been felt more than ever before especially in the case of rural communities in far flung areas.

A Paradigm Shift in Our Approach towards Entrepreneurship


Globally, joblessness is one of the biggest challenges of an uncertain, post Covid future. The onus that lay on entrepreneurship for job-creation, has only increased in impetus. However, while, income gaps between high tech start-ups and grassroot enterprises are widening, unemployment levels are rapidly rising. Even when these ventures are within the social entrepreneurship space, their benefits are found to be ‘limited’. Forecasts for job-creation therefore look bleak.

Strategies to Deal with COVID Pandemic


Indian economy has been cruelly impacted due to the COVID 19 pandemic and is still struggling to come on track. As per the Government of India forecast in the financial year 20-21, GDP growth has decreased from 5.3% in February 2020. With an unemployment rate of 27.11% till the month of May 2020, the country faced a lot of challenges especially in urban areas where about 93 million people got affected by the health crisis.

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..



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