Development Alternatives Digest
May 2021


Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln construction at Mulanje, Malawi

Development Alternatives is implementing Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK) process in Mulanje, Malawi, to establish energy-efficient and environment-friendly technology for firing clay bricks. These activities will help in understanding the intricacies of the VSBK structure.

Get in touch with: Pratyush Malaviya

A webinar on Youth-led Innovations to support Green Jobs

Development Alternatives participated in the webinar series 'Youth-led Innovations to support Green Jobs', co-organised by the World Bank Group on 26 May 2021. It was a part of S4YE's ongoing learning series that supports youth employment practitioners to share practical insights and learn from one another. Read More...
Get in touch with: Saubhagya Raizada

IMEDF Conducts Virtual Training on Cluster development through SFURTI

Indian Micro-Enterprise Development Foundation (IMEDF) conducted a 12 days long virtual training on the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), organised under the guidance of AICTE. A total of 20 faculty members participated from different polytechnic colleges of the North-Eastern region of India. Read More...
Get in touch with: Raman Thapar

Awareness through "Paani ki Paathshala" amongst children in Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh

An awareness campaign was organised through the initiative 'Paani ki Paathshala' in Dadri Tehsil, Gautam Buddha Nagar District, Uttar Pradesh. The aim was to disseminate the significance of Tank Rejuvenation in the villages. More than 300 students participated from four villages. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aakriti Uttam

PAHAL: TARA Akshar+ Towards Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

The nationwide lockdown amid pandemic has severely affected rural population in different ways including their mode of earning. To encounter this, TARA Akshar+ established a Tailoring and Embroidery enterprise in Bhagwanpur, Haryana, to create livelihood opportunities for neo-literate women. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tejashwini

Technology Intervention to Improve Sustainability of Traditional Business in Asharikandi, Assam

Terracotta and Pottery work is the sole source of income in Asharikandi village, Assam. It is laborious work and generates low income. TARA introduced technological solution under NECTAR project to improve sustainability of traditional business to strengthen the livelihood of the locals and help in economic growth as well. Read More...
Get in touch with: Palas Kumar Haldar


Timber Roof for Mountain Region

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.

TARA Akshar+: An aid to Women's Rights

A recent USAID’s Systematic Review mentions TARA Akshar+ (TA+) as an Adult Basic Education (ABE) programme that has a positive impact on social-emotional, environmental, and risky and protective behaviours. It cites evidence from an IDF report that says “TA+ neo-literates were significantly more likely to be engaged in community groups, reports domestic abuse and seeks help outside the family from local leaders and police than those who were not part of the programme." #UnlockingHerPotential

sustainable Housing Scoping Study

This scoping study aims to provide a solid basis and to identify the thematic scope for the identification of top priorities and related actions in support to Sustainable Housing. The results are presented in the form of country briefs that summarise the main aspects of sustainable housing in the context of SCP in each country.


Decent Jobs for Youth & Generation Unlimited Launch New Knowledge Facility, YouthForesight

Development Alternatives as part of its commitment to Decent Jobs for Youth, has collaborated with Generation Unlimited as a knowledge partner for the YouthForesight knowledge facility. DA has shared 60+ knowledge products and resources related to education and skilling, employment, entrepreneurship, and engagement for and with youth to be published online on the portal and accessed by a group of more than 30 partners across the globe.


In the post-pandemic world, we must prioritise people

Highlighting the need to place the well-being of people and nature at the core of the post-COVID-19 economic recovery, this article explains solutions that ensure an equitable and environmentally sustainable future for all nations. The article authored by Dr Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives and Arun Sahn, COR-India emphasises that investments to eradicate poverty and build a resilient ecosystem will deliver among the highest returns to the economy.


Ganga River - Usage of Plastic and its Disposal in River Ganga

An animated video to create awareness on at reducing the usage of plastic and its disposal in river Ganga. This video has been used by various stakeholders during the awareness campaigns, clean-up drives and capacity building programs under the project - Promotion of Countermeasures against Marine Plastic Litter in Southeast Asia and India, by Development Alternatives with the support from UNEP, in two cities – Haridwar and Prayagraj.

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