Development Alternatives Digest
June 2019

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Zeenat Niazi (VP, DA) as a panelist at WCEF 2019

Zeenat Niazi shared her views on the economic potential of the circular built environment at the World Circular Economy Forum 2019, in Helsinki, Finland.

Get in touch with: Zeenat Niazi

DA at UN Bonn Climate Change Conference

Gitika Goswami shared her perspective on assessing impacts of adaptation finance at different scales at UN Bonn Climate Change Conference in Germany.

Get in touch with: Gitika Goswam

Launch of Work 4 Progress Technology Challenge

To make new economy entrepreneurship opportunities for young women in rural india, la Caixa Banking Foundation in association with DA launched "Technology Challenge". Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankita Pant

Work 4 Progress annual workshop

Kanika Verma shared her views on the role of social innovation in transforming social realities and contributing to sustainable livelihoods, at annual workshop organised by "la Caixa" Banking Foundation in Barcelona, Spain.  Read More...
Get in touch with: Kanika Verma

Sustainable building products UN-Habitat Assembly

Products related to construction technology, rural housing and habitat capacity building were displayed at the first UN-Habitat Assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya from 27th to 31st May, 2019.

Get in touch with: Soumen Maity

Cleanliness drive at Sarnahuli Parashar Mela in HP

Cleanliness drive was organised at the Sarnahuli Parashar mela, in Himachal Pradesh by Development Alternatives. Also, young students performed a nukkad natak to raise awareness and sensitise people on cleanliness.

Get in touch with: Kavya Arora

Screening of COCO model film in
Madhya Pradesh

A screening of a short film on Community owned community Operated (COCO) drinking water model was organised in Mador Village in Madhya Pradesh on June 22, 2019. The COCO model is based on the principles of initiating community-led action.  Read More...
Get in touch with: Omkar Gupta

Dairy Farming Training for TARA Akshar+ graduates by RSETI Bhadohi

TARA Akshar+ learners were trained in good dairy farming practices and how to better take care of their cattle. The training was organised by Rural Self Employment Training Institute Bhadohi from 20th to 29th June, 2019.

Get in touch with: Divya Mehrotra

TARA Akshar+ graduates celebrated International Day of Yoga

To promote a healthy life among young girls and women, International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great enthusiasm across Bhadohi, Lalitpur and Haridwar. For the first time Yoga activity was organsied in these areas.

Get in touch with: Divya Mehrotra


Work 4 Progress Information Booklet

The Work 4 Progress (W4P) program of "la Caixa" Banking Foundation aims to accelerate the creation of meaningful and dignified employment in three developing countries through the creation of platforms for innovation, action and continuous learning. This bulletin brings to you a full range of emotions that the team has experienced - innovations that boosted us, discoveries that surprised us, and impact that inspired us.

Bridging the Digital Divide for Livelihood and Empowerment

This document is an outcome of a project funded by Ford Foundation, titled "Bridging the Digital Divide, Incubating Technology Innovations and Content Development of Livelihood Options, Building Capacities of Community Based Organisations". The case story compendium is a compilation of stories from five intervention districts. The compendium highlights the socio-economic upliftment of individuals who have been benefited during the course of the project.

WASH in Schools

By supporting good health, hygiene and dignity at this formative stage in a child's life, the ‘WASH in schools' initiative has yielded multiple dividends such as reduction in the school drop-out rate especially of girl children; promotion of gender equality by building sanitation structures separately for the girls; and sensitisation of the community to take action towards demanding safe water and toilet facilities.


How resource overuse has now put us on the brink of collapse in many sectors

India's development trajectory has to meet the twin objectives of 'Prosperity for All,'’ 'Within Planetary Boundaries'. National strategies for economic development and growth must, therefore, ensure that building financial and human capital does not stress our natural capital; rather, it must regenerate it.

Red brick kilns in Bihar destroy about 6,000 acres of land every year

The study conducted by DA in association with Bihar State Pollution Control Board highlights big and alarming number for Bihar, whose economy is largely based on agriculture, and where environment management has become of paramount importance in the face of a large-scale water crisis.

Addressing India's water crisis-Adiscussion on Business Television India

With India's ground water depleting, is it too late to address issues of irrigation and drought? To discuss this Business Television India (BTVI) organised a panel discussion on Addressing India's Water Crisis. Dr K. Vijaya Laksmi, VP Development Alternatives emphasised on the mismanagement of water as the prime reason for crisis.


Resource Efficiency for Sustainable Wellbeing of All

For centuries, our development and economic prosperity has depended on production of more and more goods and services. This has led to an ever-growing consumption of natural resources, which in turn has required an ever-increasing extraction and depletion of these resources from Mother Earth. The emerging results are severe threats to nature's capacity to yield (let alone regenerate) the resources we need such as water, metals, minerals, fossil fuels, fish stock, arable soils, wildlife and the diminution of our forests, soils and rivers. The extraction, transportation, processing and use of resources is highly energy-consuming and this activity is a very large contributor to carbon emissions and climate change.


Climate Resilient Farming

With effects of climate change bearing down on the fragile region of Bundelkhand in Central India, farmers have to face a host of challenges.This film showcases Development Alternatives’ efforts in promoting sustainable agricultural techniques which are helping farmers adapt to the changing climate and increase their income levels.

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