Development Alternatives Digest
August 2021


EVENTS

Kaun Banega Market Leader: Co-Creation Session

To innovate new market ideas for microenterprises, Development Alternatives held a reality competition under Work4progress India Programme named Kaun Banega Market Leader. This competition co-created Market Leaders who will then be given market training to and ensure market connectivity for and with W4P entrepreneurs. Read More...
#Entrepreneurship
Get in touch with: Roopali Gupta

Webinar Series on Water Resource Management

The 5th, 6th and 7th sessions of the webinar series 'Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development and the Role of Citizens' were conducted in July and August 2021. The sessions focused on sustainable development ecosystem and collective ownership and responsibility to find the solutions for preserving our heritage and reviving our natural resources. Read More...
#watermanagement
Get in touch with: Siddharth Jain

IMEDF AICTE SFURTI Training Module for Faculty

All India Council for Technical Education (AITCE) and Indian Micro Enterprise development Foundation (IMEDF) conducted a 14-day virtual training program on the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI). The training was given to faculty members from various Engineering colleges and Institutes from different parts of Odisha. Read More...
#IMEDF
Get in touch with: Col Raman Thapar

DA Changemaker Program 2021: Padhegi woh toh Badhenge Hum

DA Changemaker Program 2021 is the new initiative of TARAAkshar+ programme by Development Alternative. It aims to work with individuals who can advocate and raise funds for rural women in order to enhance their sphere of literacy and livelihood opportunities.
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#Literacy
Get in touch with: Tejashwani

'Biodiversity means Transition' webinar with EU
and GEC

DA, EU Delegation to India and GEC co-organised a webinar, 'Biodiversity means Transition' on 12 August 2021. The webinar aimed at sharing insights on the future road map of the recovery package of India, highlighting the policy gaps, implementable solutions and good policy practices. Read More...
#COVID-19
Get in touch with: Satabdi Datta

Breastfeeding during Pandemic:
Radio Bundelkhand

To celebrate the breastfeeding week, Radio Bundelkhand conducted a live interactive session "Baatein Humari Tumhari", where 20 community women and a doctor participated and discussed the significance of breastfeeding and important measures to be taken during the breastfeeding. Read More...
#RadioBundelkhand
Get in touch with: Vineeta Khatri

Co-creating methods to downscale the Doughnut

Doughnut Economics Action Lab organised a webinar on "Co-creating methods to downscale the Doughnut: Share your thoughts!". The webinar brought together people with a shared interest in translating the Doughnut methodology to different scales and geographies.
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#doughtnuteconomy
Get in touch with: Mohak Gupta

Launch of Saarthi Sewa Mobile App

DA launched a mobile application 'Saarthi Sewa' which will improve the quality of life of truck drivers and helpers through digital solutions. These solutions will include services and information related to health, insurance, food joints, resting places and Digi-locker.
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#digitaltransformation
Get in touch with: Vishakha Mittal

Twitter Chat on Plastic Waste Management

DA organised a Twitter Chat on Plastic waste management in partnership with iFOREST. During the chat five questions were posted to discuss the issues related to consumption of Single-use plastic, its consequences upon marine and human life systems and solutions to establish effective plastic waste management. Read More...
#PlasticFreeJuly
Get in touch with: Jasleen Kaur

PUBLICATIONS

Achieving Sustainable and Healthy Water Through Efficient Systems - Jhansi City Workshop

This report discusses the workshops conducted by the Development Alternatives in association with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and supported by Heinrich Böll Stiftung for the city of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. The workshop aimed at bringing together key stakeholders from both public and private sector, subject matter experts and new age technology promoters in urban water and wastewater management space. It focused on introducing the approach of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM), sharing the identified issues and challenges faced by the city, apprising the city of decentralised low footprint packaged solutions, best practices and understanding each other’s aspirations and exploring the possibilities of supporting each other.

Achieving Sustainable and Healthy Water Through Efficient Systems - Orchha City Workshop

This report discusses the workshops conducted by the Development Alternatives in association with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and supported by Heinrich Böll Stiftung for the city of Orchha in Madhya Pradesh. The workshop aimed at bringing together key stakeholders from both public and private sector, subject matter experts and new age technology promoters in urban water and wastewater management space. It focused on introducing the approach of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM), sharing the identified issues and challenges faced by the city, apprising the city of decentralised low footprint packaged solutions, best practices and understanding each other’s aspirations and exploring the possibilities of supporting each other.

Fostering Resource Circularity and Efficiency in the Management of Urban Water System in India

Wasteful water management and disintegrated working arrangement of urban water utilities along with growing water demand have led to serious water scarcity in many Indian cities. This issue brief is based on the studies on water flow assessments and water-energy nexus in tier II Indian cities. The brief reflects on the potential of resource circularity in urban water systems while enhancing efficiency, equity, and resilience of urban water systems by adopting Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) and accommodating decentralised and nature-based solutions in municipal systems. The brief also discusses solutions to the multitude of issues and challenges identified in urban water and wastewater systems to meet the increasing water demand efficiently and sustainably by use of data points of the city of Dehradun.


PERSPECTIVES

Digital Transformation in Skill Training should be an Equaliser

Though the pandemic compelled the change, most stakeholders adapted to it very well and worked out innovative solutions. There are, however, obstacles ahead that the government needs to address in order to make digital transformation inclusive, argues Jyoti Sharma of Development Alternatives.

VIDEO

7th session of the Webinar series 'Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development and the Role of Citizens'

The 7th sessions of the webinar series 'Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development and the Role of Citizens' was conducted in August 2021.
The webinar focused on the collective ownership and responsibility to find the solutions for preserving our heritage and reviving our natural resources rivers and lakes in Bulandshahr. The session deliberated on the pressing issues of preserving nature such as capacity building requirements of stakeholders and actors of the city and understanding of our own natural systems, new ideas to engage people with the legacy of Bulandshahr. The webinar also emphasised the scope for systems thinking and modelling to understand the gaps in the natural system of Bulandshahr and strengthening the ongoing efforts and building a narrative.
During the webinar DA also released an issue brief 'Fostering Resource Circularity and Efficiency in the Management of Urban Water System in India', which is based on the studies on water flow assessments and water-energy nexus in tier II Indian cities. The brief reflects on the potential of resource circularity in urban water systems while enhancing efficiency, equity, and resilience of urban water systems by adopting Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) and accommodating decentralised and nature-based solutions in municipal systems.

     
     
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