Development Alternatives Digest
January 2021


Promoting Inclusive Entrepreneurship at the Livelihoods India Summit

Development Alternatives collaborated with ACCESS Development Services as a technical partner in the annual Livelihoods India Summit from 28 – 30 January 2021.

Get in touch with: Vrinda Chopra

Creating Awareness through Wall Art for Biodiversity Conservation

DA and HCL Foundation have created 51 wall art pieces across five villages in Gautam Budh Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh under the ”Humare Talab Humari Pehchan" initiative for Tank Rejuvenation. Read More...
Get in touch with: Pratik Goel

Co-creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Supporting Women

DA has partnered with UN Women and PRADAN under the Second Chance Education (SCE) project for which comic workshops and listening sessions were organised in Maharshtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Bihar. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankita Pant

Imparting training in Farmers' Field School in Bundelkhand

DA and Marico is working on tank rejuvenation and reforming the farming system in Bundelkhand. Farmers are trained in natural resource management through Farmers' Field School. Read More...
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Get in touch with: Lalit Kumar Gangwar

Highlighted DA's mission for resilient Bundelkhand at CILS4

Gitika Goswami, Development Alternatives was a panellist for the session ‘Restoration and Livelihoods: Nature for all’ in the fourth Central Indian Landscape Symposium (CILS4), from 28-30 January 2021. Read More...
Get in touch with: Gitika Goswami

Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship with SFURTI by IMEDF

Col. Raman Thapar and Smriti Ahuja of IMEDF gave an overview of the cluster development initiatives under the SFURTI Scheme of Ministry of MSMEs at a webinar hosted by the FICCI Ladies Organisation. Read More...
Get in touch with: Col. Raman Thapar

Monitoring Visit for Watershed Management

DA is implementing micro watershed project across 21 villages in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. The project, funded by NABARD, aims to restore degraded watersheds in rain fed regions. Read More...
Get in touch with: Rishabh Singh

Training on Water Quality Testing

Development Alternatives and Radio Bundellhand team trained communitiy members including young children for quality checking of drinking water.

Get in touch with: Neha Agarwal

Vocational Training for TARA Akshar+ Neo Literates

TARA Akshar+, the adult literacy programme, has extended its support for neo-literates to get Dairy Farming Training by RSETI in Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh.

Get in touch with: Col. MS Ahluwalia


Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Bundelkhand Villages

Development Alternatives has been working in Bundelkhand for the last 25 years to catalyse social change for sustainable development and we are embracing the uncertainty brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought the world to a standstill. DA recently undertook a short study based on a survey conducted across 4 districts covering 1168 people from 29 villages in the region.

Mini Monograph on W4P: New Approaches for Entrepreneurship

With the aim to harness the power of entrepreneurship, the Work 4 progress programme believes in systemic responses following a 'platform' approach based on principles of innovation, collaboration and community-centred design, which can realign the current ecosystem of economic development and job creation, and reset the growth trajectory to make it more inclusive — especially for those who have been left behind in the 'jobs race'.

Chalking Out Emerging identities - tracing journeys of the frontrunners

This compendium encapsulates the stories of women who have emerged as frontrunners in their journey from literacy to self-reliance. This is outcome of TARA Akshar+, an initiative of Development Alternatives (DA) Group). It is an ICT based program which aims to promote functional literacy among women. TARA Akshar+ program has been running across eight states in India for over a decade.


Financing the Green Transition – Strengthening of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in a Post Pandemic World

In recent times, finance is seen as a key lubricant to drive Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises towards greener, climate responsive and circular business models. This is a nascent space and there are multiple challenges at both the demand and supply end of finance. In this article, Zeenat Niazi, Vice President, Development Alternatives Group empasises that the resource efficiency and climate mitigation potential that may be unlocked through MSMEs can only be realised with a shared understanding of the needs as well as of the constraints of the different stakeholders.


Micromovements of Change

Work 4 Progress (W4P) India aims to create a culture of entrepreneurship in regions of Bundelkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh. It adopts a social innovation methodology in which it listens to the community through dialogue, finds answers through co-creation, prototypes solutions and shares learning to eventually create impact at scale. When W4P prototypes start challenging the status quo in communities, they become 'micro movements' to accelerate shifts in relationships, resource flows, local processes, attitudes and behaviour. In the past few months, such micro movements have created conditions for self-sustaining systemic change.

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