Development Alternatives Digest
July 2020


Supporting Green MSMEs with Clean Technology - Pilot Demonstration

DA undertook a pilot demonstration of foundry waste-based cement paver block manufacturing at Jhajjar, Haryana on 21 July 2020. This is aimed at supporting green and inclusive MSMEs in India with clean technology.

Get in touch with: Pramod Kumar

Supporting Women Weavers and Honouring COVID-19 Frontline Workers

The IMEDF Natural Dye Cluster of Shivmogga, Karnataka has launched a special Raksha Bandhan campaign to honour frontline workers battling COVID-19 and empower women weavers.

Get in touch with: Col Thapar

Webinar - Greening the Economic Recovery Package of the Government of India

PAGE, Development Alternatives Group and Climate Policy Initiative organised a Webinar on 6 July 2020 to discuss how India can foster a green recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Get in touch with: Gitika Goswami

Relief Initiatives for Vulnerable Communities to Battle COVID-19

Development Alternatives partnered with MAERSK to support the truck driver’s community, and worked with Janpahal to distribute dry ration packets in Delhi and NCR for migrant workers in the month of July.

Get in touch with: Sushant Agrawal

Promoting Responsible Tourism through Digital Media

Development Alternatives in support with National Mission on Himalayan Studies organised a live session on its social media handles on 11 and 25 July 2020 to increase the visibility of the ecotourism initiative promoting responsible travel experiences. Read More...
Get in touch with: Kavya Arora

Work 4 Progress Technology Challenge Reflection Workshop

The Work 4 Progress (W4P) Technology Challenge Reflection Workshop for the W4P programme of Development Alternatives and la Caixa Foundation was held on 16 July 2020 to capture the summary of work with stakeholders. Read More...
Get in touch with: Mayank Nautiyal

Enabling Farmer's Capacity for Millet Cultivation in Bundelkhand

DA under Marico India Programme organised training programme on 27 June 2020 for farmers to demonstrate organic pest management for millets cultivation in Chachawali village, Niwari district, Madhya Pradesh.

Get in touch with: Lalit Kumar Gangwar

Webinar - Adaptation Fund projects in South and South-east Asia: Insights from CSO perspectives

Climate Action Network (CAN) South Asia and South-east Asia, Development Alternatives, and the Adaptation Fund-NGO Network jointly organised a webinar on Adaptation Fund projects on 14 July 2020.

Get in touch with: Kavya Arora

TARA Akshar+ Neo-literates Celebrate International Yoga Day

The neo-literates of the adult literacy programme TARA Akshar+ celebrated the International Day of Yoga on 21 June, while maintaining social distancing in Bhagwanpur Block, Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

Get in touch with: MS Ahluwalia


Chalking Out Emerging identities - bringing to light the torchbearers

This compendium encapsulates the stories of the instructors and Sahelis, attempting to bring to light the real torchbearers of the TARA Akshar+ programme. TARA Akshar+, an ICT based literacy programme designed and developed by the Development Alternatives Group, has emerged as an alternative solution for addressing the problem of illiteracy in India, in a fast and effective manner. The instructors and Sahelis are the ones who have been imparting functional literacy and numeracy to women across eight states for over a decade.

GEC Global Meeting 2020 REPORT

The document synthesises key takeaways from discussions that took place at the Green Economy Coalition Global Annual Meeting held from 4-6 February 2020 at New Delhi. Day I focused on the scope and potential of green MSMEs in building green and inclusive economies; on Day II Local Green Entrepreneurs shared stories of transformation and built solidarity while reflecting upon the scope, opportunities and challenges in India and on Day III participants worked towards identifying what has been done, what needs urgent attention and who will need to steer and play roles in taking these actions forward.

New Approaches for Entrepreneurship

This document talks about the operational methodology adopted by Work 4 Progress (W4P) programme of la Caixa Foundation and Development Alternatives. The programme aims to promote employment in developing countries through the creation of action and learning platforms that scale up innovative solutions. The programme listens to stakeholders through and finds answers through interactive processes of; proceeding then to solutions and sharing among a network of change-makers to eventually create impact at scale.


Changing Dynamics in the Employment and Skilling Ecosystem

COVID 19 pandemic has severely impacted the global and the Indian economy. It is estimated that four out of five people (81%) in the global workforce of 3.3 billion people are currently affected by full or partial workplace closure. India along with the US, UK, Canada and most of the European countries have begun to register huge job losses leading to a significant rise in unemployment rates. The existing scenario of employment in India says that in urban areas, about 93 million informal workers are involved in five sectors that are most affected by the health crisis namely

Moments of Pride

We are extremely pleased to announce that Development Alternatives is now an official partner of the India Climate Collaborative (ICC). The ICC is a national conglomerate formed by the country's top philanthropic organisations for driving climate action through a joint effort of CSOs, government and funding agencies. It is a first-of-its-kind, India-focused collaborative that seeks to direct funding and visibility toward climate action. This provides us with a platform to engage and collaborate with similar organisations in the country to support large-scale impact-driven climate change projects which focus on the wellbeing of people and the planet.


Nurturing Networks and Revitalising Rain-fed agriculture in Bundelkhand

Bundelkhand – a hilly region in the central and north India, has often been covered in the news for extreme distress and impoverishment. This film showcases a holistic approach which was adopted as part of an initiative to find agriculture solutions for small farmers in rain-fed regions of Bundelkhand. It explains the role Revitalising Rain-fed Agriculture (RRA) network along with Development Alternatives, INTACH and PSI in working towards strengthening farmer based institutions to become a mediator for small holder and marginal farmers.

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