Development Alternatives Digest
March 2021


#UnlockingHerPotential: A Webinar Series by DA

TARA Akshar+ programme is organising a webinar series #UnlockingHerPotential, a literacy led empowerment of women. In the last webinar - "Enabling her towards Financial Capability", Shabana Azmi highlighted the role of financial literacy in women empowerment. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tejashwani

Unleashing Entrepreneurship on Women's Day

On the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March, events were organised in four geographies: Bundelkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Haryana, where DA is co-working with its partners to enable young girls and women to realise their aspirations. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankita Pant

Launch of 'The Centre of Excellence' at Bundelkhand

'The Centre of Excellence - Water for All and Always' was inaugurated on 16 March 2021 at TARAgram Orchha, Madhya Pradesh. This is an initiative by DA in support with Department of Science and Technology, GoI.

Get in touch with: Neha Agarwal

Stakeholder Consultation cum Competition on Leaders of Change

A workshop was organised for stakeholder consultation and competition on leaders of change by Development Alternatives and Honda under the "Unnati… Aao Sawarein Apna Kal" project on 22 March 2021. Read More...
Get in touch with: Divya Yadav

Training Workshop under PANI-WATER supported by Department of Science and Technology

DA conducted one week training and awareness drive for students in view of international water week under the PANI-WATER project supported by Department of Science and Technology. Read More...
Get in touch with: Neha Agarwal

IMEDF Participation in 'Implementation of Cluster under SFURTI Scheme’ workshop by MoMSME

IMEDF participated in an interactive multi-stakeholder workshop organised by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MoMSME) on 'Implementation of Cluster under SFURTI Scheme'. Read More...
Get in touch with: Col. Raman Thapar

Virtual Conference on Water Security and Climate Change

Sandeep Khanwalkar, DA highlighted the importance of the tank ecosystem at the virtual conference organised by Everything About Water - "Water Security and Management under Climate Change" on 25 February 2021. Read More...
Get in touch with: Sandeep Khanwalkar

Training Kit Distribution in Government Girls Inter College, Haridwar

DA organised 'Training Kits Distribution' event in Haridwar on 03 March 2021, with the support of WPP India CSR Foundation, wherein 200+ students from class XI and XII participated at Govt. Girls Inter College. The kit containedd a laptop bag, workbooks, mask and sanitiser. Read More...
Get in touch with: Vishakha Mittal

Exposure visit to a community based responsible tourism model in Chamba

DA organised a Training and Exposure Visit to a community-tourism cluster Chamba, Himachal Pradesh between 15–19 Feb 2021, in collaboration with Not On Map (NOM). This was under the project 'Livelihoods through Ecotourism'. Read More...
Get in touch with: Kavya Arora

Integrated Water Resources Assessment of Upper Berach Basin (Ahar River), Udaipur District

A workshop on "Integrated Water Resources Assessment of Upper Berach Basin (Ahar River), Udaipur District" was conducted on 26 March 2021. More than 25 stakeholders participated in the discussion including Mayor of the city, representative from Embassy of Denmark. Read More...
Get in touch with: Rajani Bisht

Awareness through Street Plays in Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh

DA is working for Tank Rejuvenation and Biodiversity Conservation in Gautam Budh Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh, supported by HCL Foundation. Under this programme an awareness generation campaign was recently held. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aakriti Uttam

Job Fairs Connecting Youth to Employment Opportunities

Development Alternatives organised Job Fairs in Noida and Jaipur in the month of March 2021. These were organised under Skills to Livelihood Project supported by HDB Financial Services.

Get in touch with: Mohd Azeem


empowHER - Women Empowerment Brochure

Development Alternatives has been designing and providing solutions for women in the areas of Literacy, Energy, Water, Habitat, Skill Development, Waste to Wealth Creation and Enterprise Development. Through Innovative programmes and action research, we are enhancing the agency of women and advancing gender equality in India and the Global South.

Stabilized Compressed Earth Blocks

This manual has been prepared as part of a project on 'Delivery Model for Eco-friendly Multi Hazard Resistant Construction Technologies and Habitat Solutions in Mountain States', which has been implemented in Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand) under the TIME LEARN (Technology Innovation in Mountain Ecosystem Livelihood Enhancement through Action Research and Networking) programme of the Department of Science and Technology.


The study tries to assess the energy and GHG emission footprint of municipal water along with its life cycle in urban human settlements in the city of Bhubaneswar. The findings of the research indicate the most pressing issues the city faces and the tremendous scope for improving the services efficiency and resource-sufficiency, equity and resilience of the system.


Women's Literacy Deserves 'Undivided' National Attention

India ranks 123 out of 135 countries in terms of female literacy rate. We still have women who are forced to choose the life of restricted mobility, no financial freedom, reliance on distorted information. As a result, we are gearing up for adding another crop of illiterate citizens unless we take up the task of educating women on war footing. This article highlights the story of two rural women whose lives were transformed after being part of TARA Akshar +, Development Alternative’s adult literacy programme.


#UnlockingHerPotential​: A Webinar Series on Literacy Led Empowerment of Women by DA

Through our webinar series on #UnlockingHerPotential, we are focusing on social and economic #womenempowerment. In a world that is changing exponentially, creating an equitable future requires empowering women by providing them opportunities, enabling them to fulfil their aspirations. Through its flagship programme #TARAAkshar+, DA strives to enable women towards #financial resilience in addition to foundational literacy. Watch the engaging session. Stay tuned for our next session in this series.

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