Development Alternatives Digest
July 2022
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Immersion Activity Programme in Kamad, U'khand

We conducted a 12-day Immersion Activity (rural) Programme in Kamad, Uttarakhand, from 26 June, 2022, to expose the architecture students from Nirma University to the concept of ‘Built Environment and Habitat Systems' by applying various lenses of sustainability. Read More...
Get in touch with: Rashi

Radio Bundelkhand Wins Award at The Radio Festival

Development Alternatives' (DA) Radio Bundelkhand participated in The Radio Festival, 2022 in New Delhi on 25 and 26 July, 2022. During the event, Radio Bundelkhand received the 'Poshan Ghar Award'; and Varsha Raikwar, DA was bestowed with an SDG Fellow award. Read More...
Get in touch with: Kirandeep Kaur

Webinar on Sustainable Finance Reforms

DA participated in a webinar organised by Caribbean Natural Resources Institute on 'Exchange on Local and Green Enterprises (LGEs) financial products' under the project 'Civil Society Participation for Sustainable Finance Reforms: Global Coverage' on 4 July, 2022. Read More...
Get in touch with: Satabdi Datta

Training on Rainwater Measurement in Schools

Under the project 'Integrated Water Resources Assessment in Udaipur: A Citizen Science Perspective', we conducted training sessions on rain gauge installation and rainfall measurement for students in eight private schools in Udaipur, Rajasthan from 13 to 16 July, 2022. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tanya Issar

Regional Coalition Meeting in Jhajjar, Haryana

To bring together different stakeholders, and promote entrepreneurship, a regional enterprise coalition was held under the Women’s Empowerment through Livelihoods, Entrepreneurship, and Access through Digitisation project in Jhajjar, Haryana, on 23 June 2022. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aparajita A Mathew

Field Visit to Bundelkhand

A 4-day field visit was organised to Bundelkhand under the Work4Progress program from 13 to 16 July, 2022. Its aim was to pilot and test out tools and products developed in the program in its acceleration phase, and to meet entrepreneurs in Jhansi and Niwari. Read More...
Get in touch with: Supriya Shukla

Entrepreneurship Coalition in Uttar Pradesh

Under the Work4Progress India program, district-level entrepreneurship coalitions were conducted in Bahraich and Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh on 18 and 20 July 2022, respectively, to accelerate entrepreneurship development in the region. Read More...
Get in touch with: Muskan Chawla

Mobile Journalism Training for Women in UP

Under our Technology & Rural Advancement for Women Empowerment through Annihilating Gender Digital Divide (TARA WE ADD) project, we conducted a Rural Mobile Journalism Course for women in Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh to connect women to gig opportunities. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tejashwani

Training of Trainers under STEP Project

We conducted a Training of Trainers under the Skills Training for Employment Preparedness (STEP) project in Haridwar, Uttarakhand on 15 and 16 July, 2022. Its aim was to address trainers' concerns and develop a plan for thoughtful trainer–student interaction. Read More...
Get in touch with: Divya Yadav

Placement Drive under Skills to Livelihood Project

A placement drive was organised at the Vocational Training Centre in Baruala, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on 11 July, 2022 for 37 students trained under our Skills to Livelihood Project, which is supported by HDB Financial Services. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ekta Kashyap

Kaun Banega Business Leader Campaign at TRIF

Under the acceleration phase of the Work4Progress India program, a 3-day Kaun Banega Business Leader campaign was conducted on 28 June and 6 and 7 July, 2022 by Transform Rural India Foundation, a program partner, in Bankati, Uttar Pradesh. Read More...
Get in touch with: Suneptula S Jamir

Understanding Solid Waste Management in Kochi

As part of the Indo-Australia Collaboration for Circular Plastics in India project, we visited Kochi, Kerala in June 2022 to engage with stakeholders, understand solid waste management in the region, and develop a business case for an existing circular business model. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aparajita A Mathew


The Blue Economy Version 2.0

The Blue Economy, version 2.0 book, explores some of the most tantalising prospects for realising a low carbon, resource-efficient, and competitive economy in the 21st century. It describes 200 projects set up with an investment of USD 4 billion and created 3 million jobs.

Resource Efficiency in the Indian Construction Sector

The construction sector is an important driver of the Indian economy, but it is also extremely resource intensive. The sector generates substantial amount of waste from the process of construction and demolition (C&D) of buildings and infrastructure. This report attempts to present a snapshot of the status of C&D waste generation and management in 10 surveyed cities across India, establish scenario-based projections of C&D waste in India, and present technical and economic feasibility of products made with C&D waste.

Policy Brief on MSMEs: Engines to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

The growing population and increasing urbanisation have led to a huge increase in consumption demands, placing a burden on India’s natural resource base. This poses a serious threat to the sustainability of the impressive economic growth. This policy brief focuses on medium and small enterprises, especially rural social enterprises, as an agent for local economic development through adopting greener and fairer practices.


India's Critical Resources: Perspective for Cement Industry

When India needs to focus on decarbonisation while also expanding and securing the availability of crucial natural resources, cement-grade limestone will assume criticality. The country has enough reserves but mining them may pose severe environmental risks. Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) offers a range of benefits. For India's cement industry, LC3 will be integral to the pursuits of expansion, writes Dr Arun Kumar, President Emeritus, Mentor-in-Chief, Development Alternatives.


Ecotourism in Kamad, Uttarakhand

Tourism is growing in the mountains, but it has to be made more environmentally sustainable. In order to boost ecotourism in mountain hamlets and provide livelihoods to local families in the region, we have built a community building in the Kamad village, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand using sustainable and disaster-resilient technologies. Also, we supported some families in the region in setting up homestays in their properties. This would help these families generate sustainable incomes and avoid migration to the plains to earn a living.


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