Development Alternatives Digest
May 2020


Creating Action Plans for Building Job-Centric Value Chains in Rural India at Charcha 2020

Shrashtant Patara, Sr. Vice President, DA Group participated as a speaker in the 'Collaborating to Create Rural Jobs' session at Charcha 2020, on 15 May 2020, hosted by Transform Rural India Foundation (TRIF).

Get in touch with: Ankit Mudgal

National Policy Workshop on 'Countermeasures for Riverine and Marine Plastic Litter in India'

Development Alternatives presented its work on 'Promotion of Countermeasures against Marine Plastic Litter” implemented in Haridwar (Uttrakhand) and Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) as part of a project with UNEP. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aakriti Uttam

COVID-19 Relief Initiatives for Communities and frontline Health Workers

DA and Maersk are providing support and relief to vulnerable and stranded communities by distributing food, dry ration and self-protection items. PPE kits are also being provided to support the frontline health workers, especially doctors. Read More...
Get in touch with: Sushant Agarwal

Highlighting Significance of Enterprise Development in Generating Employment in Rural Areas

Dr Soumen Maity presented in a webinar on 'More Income and Employment in Rural Area – Creating Entrepreneurs and Enterprises’, organised by North East Centre for Technology Application & Reach (NECTAR), DST on 22 May 2020. Read More...
Get in touch with: Dr Soumen Maity

A Story of the Red Fields of Visakhapatnam and Resilient Enterprises

The SFURTI network of Ministry of MSME and DA’s Indian Micro Enterprises Development Foundation (IMEDF) helps set up clusters like the Visakhapatnam’s Chintapalle Coffee cluster which are now leading the way in COVID-19 relief. Read More...
Get in touch with: Col. Raman Thapar

Emphasising the Nuances between Gender and Water Issues

Dr K Vijayalakshmi, Vice President, DA presented in a webinar on Gender and Water organised by Centre for Social Research on 13 May 2020. She focused on the water crisis in the country and its implications during COVID-19. Read More...
Get in touch with: Dr K Vijayalakshmi

TARA Akshar+ Neo-literates are COVID-19 Warriors for their Villages

The neo-literates of TARA Akshar+ adult literacy programme are stitching and distributing masks to underprivileged women, and are spreading awareness on social distancing in their villages to battle the spread of COVID-19. Read More...
Get in touch with: Col MS Ahluwalia

Revival of Millets Production in Bundelkhand Post COVID-19

DA conducted a virtual group discussion on 29 April 2020 for the Bundelkhand-Revitalizing Rain fed Agriculture Network (RRAN) Programme. The discussion aimed to design appropriate strategies for revival of millets production in the post COVID-19 era. Read More...
Get in touch with: Sanyukta Kumari

Virtual Coalition Meeting for Creating Sustainable Livelihoods

The coalition meeting for the Work 4 Progress Programme of Development Alternatives and la Caixa Foundation was conducted virtually in Eastern UP and Jhansi from 25-26 April 2020 to discuss enterprise development in times of the pandemic. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankit Mudgal


Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Bundelkhand

Development Alternatives recently undertook a short study based on a survey conducted across 4 districts in Bundelkhand covering 1168 people from 29 villages in the region. The report assesses the challenges and the effect of COVID-19 on the livelihood and food security, among the rural community and reverse migrating community in the Bundelkhand.

Triple Bottom Line Impact of MSMEs

Through this paper, the authors aim to bring about the need and importance of frameworks especially the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) Approach of measuring the economic (beyond financial), social and environmental impacts. This should be the norm for the smallest enterprise as put together these micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have a larger impact than big corporates and multinationals.

Learning Document: Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) in India

This learning document covers main learnings of work done on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) implementation by Development Alternatives in last eight years' time span. The objective is to facilitate a space for exchange of ideas and enable reach of learnings related to HWTS intervention initiatives to masses.


Ensuring Sustainability of Micro Enterprises During and After COVID-19

Micro enterprises play a vital role in a growing economy like India. Government of India defines micro enterprises as any industry whose annual revenue is less than 2.5 million and the total maximum investment is INR 100 million. In India, micro-enterprises consist of 99% of all medium, small and micro-enterprises (approx. 63.3 million)1, out of which 51% micro-enterprises are based in rural areas. In terms of jobs created, the whole MSME sector employs an estimated 110 million workers, out of which 44% are employed by rural micro-enterprises.

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Lockdown Cuts Rural Areas Spending On Food : Report

Development Alternatives has surveyed 29 villages in Bundelkhand region to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on the rural population. One of the important observations of the report is that people have changed their food habits in rural areas despite the government's welfare scheme claims. Watch the Go News coverage about the report

How to Address India’s Plastic Waste Problem?

As India fights the coronavirus pandemic, the use of plastic products has been on the rise. On this special episode of We The People, Dr. Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives along with UNEP's goodwill ambassador Dia Mirza along with other environmentalists to answer the million-dollar question on how to address India's mammoth plastic waste problem.

Plastic free Ganges

A short film made by NDTV, highlights our effort to reduce Marine Plastic Litter by taking appropriate measures and by creating awareness among people in Haridwar (Uttarakhand) and Pryagraj (Uttar Pradesh). This was part of our project “Promotion of Countermeasures against Marine Plastic Litter Southeast Asia and India” along with UNEP, under which we also conducted a comprehensive study to gather data on plastic pollution in rivers. The film was telecasted on NDTV on 25 May 2020.

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