Development Alternatives Digest
February 2023
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Development Alternatives Co-anchors National Conference on Youth Employability

The Conference, which was organised on 7 February, 2023 in New Delhi, deliberated on how to create a groundswell of demand–supply match and expand sub-scale pilots to respond to the aspirations of the rapidly growing population of rural youth. Read More...
Get in touch with: Debasis Ray

Indo-Australia Researchers Visit Waste Management Sites in India

CSIRO is coordinating an 'India–Australia Industry and Research Collaboration' to achieve a zero plastic waste economy. The researchers involved in this programme visited India recently to learn about the on-ground waste management situation. Read More...
Get in touch with: Sherine Thandu Parakkal

Indo-Japan Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility Landscape in India

Development Alternatives, along with Esquare Inc. organised a seminar where industry experts and professionals came together to have a discourse on CSR landscape in India, the Companies Act of 2013, and to showcase the potential of CSR in India. Read More...
Get in touch with: Dabormaïan Jude

Sustainable Energy Transition in Ganges River Basin

Development Alternatives participated in the ‘CSO-Media Regional Networking, Write-Shop and Study Tour’ conducted by the IUCN recently in Nepal. It was a platform to discuss regional cooperation to promote sustainable energy transition in the Ganges River Basin. Read More...
Get in touch with: Saundharaya Khanna

DA Joins TLC2 Workshop in Chennai

Development Alternatives (DA) participated at 'A Week of Technologies for Low Carbon and Lean Construction' (TLC2) at IIT Madras, recently, to gain insights and knowledge on the latest advancements in sustainable construction practices. Read More...
Get in touch with: Anisha Soni

DA at Resilience & Sustainability Summit: Vision 2047

Ms Gitika Goswami, Asso VP, DA moderated a session on ‘Financial Innovations for Resilience’ jointly hosted by National Institute of Disaster Management and DA at the Resilience and Sustainability Summit: Vision 2047, held in New Delhi in January. Read More...
Get in touch with: Karminder Malhotra

DA Celebrates World Radio Day

On the occasion of World Radio Day, Radio Bundelkhand (RB) hosted Bundelkhand University students, introducing them to the day-to-day activities of the community radio. Also, team DA attended the three-day Radio Festival (TRF) in Delhi. Read More...
Get in touch with: Kirandeep Kaur

Bal Melas Held in Govt Schools in Sonbhadra, UP

To support Govt school children in exploring their cognitive self-understanding and knowing about various career pathways, DA organised Bal Melas and Career Counselling Sessions in five villages in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh as part of the LIC HFL HRIDAY Project. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ekta Kashyap

Event on 'Safe e-Mobility for Women, Led by Women'

On the occasion of Republic Day, an awareness event 'Aarya - Empowering Women through Mobility' was organised in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh to celebrate e-rickshaw women entrepreneurs and hail their decision of choosing e-rickshaw as a way of livelihood. Read More...
Get in touch with: Roopali Gupta


Mainstreaming Material Flow Assessment to Enhance Resource Efficiency of Construction Sector in India

This policy brief is based on a study on Analysing Resource Flows in Indian Cities (with a focus on the Construction Sector), undertaken as part of European Union’s Resource Efficiency Initiative in India. It focuses on resource flows in the construction sector in two cities – Ahmedabad and Bhubaneswar and points to possible actions that may be taken at the city level for reducing virgin resources consumed by the sector through utilisation of secondary resources. In this brief, priority areas for policy action at the city level have been identified for resource efficiency of the construction sector.

Design & Technology For Disaster-resilient, Environmentally Responsible Buildings in Mountain Regions (Uttarakhand)

This document was developed as a Technology Package with Options for Eco-friendly Disaster-resistant Construction Practices for mountain regions. The solutions implemented by a project in three demonstration buildings and the experience of engagement with local communities and entrepreneurs bring forth lessons that can inform a larger strategy for mainstreaming sustainable construction in mountain regions.

Entrepreneurship for Empowerment - Redefining Entrepreneurship through Innovation

As part of the Entrepreneurship for Empowerment programme of DA and Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Bank, a capitalisation document was developed capturing the programme's approach, methodology, and tools. The document highlights the programme's evolution through three phases over the years 2017-2022. To unleash entrepreneurial aspirations in individuals, the programme adopted a multi-pronged approach of Persona Building, Digital Platform, and Enabling Ecosystem.


Unleashing Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Scale

Recognising the challenge of jobless growth and the need to fulfill the aspirations of over 12 million annual entrants into the work force in India, in this editorial, Shrashtant Patara, CEO, Development Alternatives (DA) highlights that there is a need to change our approach to job creation at scale. He stresses that we must invest much more intensively in using locally led micro movements of inclusive entrepreneurship. Read more...


Brew Your Coffee from Chintapalle Coffee Beans | IMEDF-SFURTI Visakhapatnam Coffee Cluster

The IMEDF Visakhapatnam Coffee Cluster in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh is a 500 Bhagata tribe women-led cluster. They produce two varieties of coffee 'Arabica' and 'Robusta' and promote under their brand name - Eastern Ghats. Watch their story.


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