Development Alternatives Digest
December 2018


DA and UN India sign MoU

Development Alternatives and United Nations India sign MoU to enhance work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with a special focus on environment and climate change. Read More...
Get in touch with: Zeenat Niazi

COCO Model for Safe Drinking Water

The Community Owned and Community Operated (COCO) model started operations in Madore (Madhya Pradesh). This sustainable model ensures equitable distribution of basic services. Read More...
Get in touch with: Chitrangna Dewan

Mapping Water Flows in Indian Cities

DA, through its current initiative supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), brings to light the need for efficient management of the water distribution system in cities. Read More...
Get in touch with: Shruti Issar

DA at COP 24, Katowice, Poland

DA showcased green and affordable construction technologies, advocating for south-south transfer of technologies at COP24. Read More...
Get in touch with: Dr Soumen Maity

Human Rights by Radio Bundelkhand

On the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10th December 2018, Radio Bundelkhand hosted a special live programme for the listeners. Read More...
Get in touch with: Chandra Prakash Niranjan

Credit Linkages through Loan Mela

Loan Melas bring women of Haridwar, a step closer towards entrepreneurship opportunities and a life of diginity and empowerment. Read More...
Get in touch with: Divya Mehrotra

TARAgram Mela and Coalition Meet, Orchha,
Madhya Pradesh

The Annual TARAgram Mela celebrated the success of entrepreneurs in Bundelkhand. It was followed by a regional coalition meeting to develop an acceleration strategy for promoting entrepreneurship. Read More...
Get in touch with: Chitrangna Dewan

Encouraging Entrepreneurship that Promotes Green Businesses

In the endeavor to find new avenues to create employment opportunities for women and youth, the W4P programme has identified a green livelihood opportunity in the paper bag manufacturing sector. Read More...
Get in touch with: Sudhir Sah

Bridging the Digital Divide through Technology Innovations

DA conducted a Policy workshop to identify and seed digital technologies with Community Based Organisations and facilitate linking to digital space and technology infrastructure. Read More...
Get in touch with: Jyoti Shresth

Building Effective Entrepreneurship Ecosystem through Regional Coalitions

Coalition is a learning and action platform. So far, over 150 professionals have participated in the 7 regional coalition meetings held as part of the 'Entrepreneurship for Empowerment' programme. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankita Pant

Creating Alternative Livelihood through Traditional Methods

TARA Akshar+ learners imbibe new skills of designing cane and bamboo products and take a step towards enhancing their livelihood options and upholding the traditional forms of art and culture. Read More...
Get in touch with: Divya Mehrotra

Self-Reliance Awards for 1st Female E-Rickshaw riders of Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh

Two women entrepreneurs supported by DA, under the Work 4 Progress programme, were awarded the "Nari Swavalamaban Puraskar" for doing pioneer work in the sector of transportation. Read More...
Get in touch with: Debasis Ray


Systemic interventions to support the access of rural poor to safe and sustainable housing

The paper on 'Systemic interventions to support the access of rural poor to safe and sustainable housing' authored by Zeenat Niazi (Vice President, DA) et al, has been published in the book 'Building, owning & belonging’ by European Union in collaboration with UN-Habitat. It is a narrative account of the journey of the basin-South Asia platform in India to advocate for a national rural housing policy to facilitate safe and sustainable habitat for all in rural India. Click here to read the book.

Calcined clay limestone cements (LC3): A solution leading towards a greener world

The paper on 'Calcined clay limestone cements - LC3', co-authored by Dr Soumen Maity (Assistant Vice President, VP), has been published in the Cement and Concrete Research Journal (Volume 114, Issue December 2018). The paper looks at the results emerging from the Limestone Calcined Clay (LC3) project ( It highlights the environmental benefits of LC3 cement along with the economic analysis, in terms of reducing carbon emissions.

Radio Bundelkhand

Radio Bundelkhand 90.4 FM, a community radio, is an initiative of DA, providing voice to the community in the Bundelkhand region in Central India. It has been the expression of a vision to empower communities by facilitating them access to a dedicated spectrum. The radio station looks at enabling and empowering communities, especially women, young people and marginalised groups, so that they take charge of their own lives as the radio programmes air solutions for fulfilling basic needs.


"Communication for Co-creating Trust and Accountability" by Mayukh Hajra (Deputy Director, DA)

The need for spaces and mechanisms for active listening is important throughout the lifetime of any development project. In a watershed development project implemented in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh, the DA team concluded the implementation phase with a community interaction termed as jan-sunwai. In this blog, the author emphasises on the importance of listening to project stakeholders to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and learning.


Farmer Collectives Driving Eco system Resilience & Livelihood Security

trialogue 2047 are a series of discussions focused at building consensus on directions and measures India must take to accelerate a transition towards a truly sustainable future. This trialogue2047 critically reflected on the current strategic direction of Indian agriculture sector with respect to the role of community institutions in making technology choices and other production choices and is impact in ensuring food security of the country and the livelihood security of a farmer in an environmentally sustainable and economically viable manner.

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