Development Alternatives Digest
November 2020


Development Alternatives Supporting Indian Artisans with NDTV and Habba

Dr. Ashok Khosla and Kanika Verma, DA participated in Handmade Dil Se: A special live telethon co-organised by NDTV and Habba on 1 November 2020 aimed at raising awareness about the pandemic-led crisis Indian artisans are battling. Read More...
Get in touch with: Kanika Verma

Virtual Workshop-Achieving Sustainable and Healthy Water through Efficient Systems

Development Alternatives Group organised virtual workshops for cities of Jhansi and Dehradun in November 2020. This is part of a six-city dialogue series, in association with the National Institute of Urban Affairs and supported by Heinrich Böll Stiftung. Read More...
Get in touch with: Siddharth Jain

Championing for Limestone Calcined Clay Cement in Asia and Africa

Dr. Soumen Maity, DA participated in the Cemtech Live Webinar: "Clinker reduction advances in Asia", hosted by International Cement Review on 25 November 2020. Over 300 people participated from 85 countries across the world. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aastha Singh

Development Alternatives joins UN Partnerships for SDGs platform

Development Alternatives has committed to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth (facilitated by the United Nations) to address youth aspirations through inclusive entrepreneurship in underserved areas of India. Read More...
Get in touch with: Kanika Verma

Promoting Technology driven MSME Clusters for Sustainable Livelihoods

Col. Raman Thapar represented Indian Micro Enterprises Development Foundation (IMEDF) in the "Science & Society Setu for Atmanirbhar Bharat (S34ANB)" web clinic series on 6 November 2020.

Get in touch with: Col. Raman Thapar

Health and Hygiene Virtual Training for local community in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

A virtual health and hygiene training was organised by DA on 19 November 2020 for the local community of Mandi and Uttarkashi in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand respectively. The training was supported by NMHS in partnership with CSD. Read More...
Get in touch with: Kavya Arora

Promoting Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration at a webinar

Gitika Goswami, DA was a panellist at an e-policy seminar on "Financing Natural Capital: Policies for Value Chain Development in Natural Resources in Post COVID-19 Africa" on 23 and 24 November 2020.

Get in touch with: Gitika goswami

Graduation Ceremony and Placement Drive for Skill Development Programme

Graduation ceremony and placement drives were held on 10 November at the Skill Development centre located in Ghitorni for the 'Bridge2Naukri' programme of Development Alternatives, CITI Foundation and National Skill Development Corporation. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tanvi Arora

Enabling Self-Actualisation in Women for Economic Empowerment

Community Meetings were held under the 'Women's Empowerment through Livelihoods, Entrepreneurship, and Access through Digitalisation' (WE-LEAD) project of Development Alternatives and D B Schenker, in Badli and Jamalpur in November 2020. Read More...
Get in touch with: Sushant Agrawal


Resources Flows in Indian Cities : City Profile of the Construction Sector in Ahmedabad

The report encapsulates the findings of Material Flow Analysis of the housing sector in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and its environmental footprint (CO2 emissions- equivalent) and identifies the measures that can be undertaken to enhance resource efficiency and utilisation of secondary raw materials. This report is part of the European Union’s Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) for India and aims to support India in the implementation of the United Nations Global Sustainable Consumption and Production agenda by way of adapting international standards and best practices on resource efficiency and fostering the sustainable use of resources.

State of Play for Circular Built Environment in Asia

The report provides an overview of the state of the built environment and construction sector in Asia in relation to the practices and potential of establishing a circular economy in the region. The overview sets out the characteristics of the sector and explores how it can be made more sustainable through circular economy approaches. The study analyses the current situation with regard to the built environment of Asia, identifies critical areas of improvement in relation to sustainable development and provides necessary recommendations. The focus is on some of the fastest-developing countries - India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan and Nepal.

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 (EU-REI) in India. The policy brief 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.


Reimagining the Future – On a Path for the Well-Being of Future Generations

As we struggle to emerge from the grips of the global pandemic, we know that this is not the first nor the last human-ecological disaster that we will face. In this article, Zeenat Niazi, Vice President, Development Alternatives Group stresses that 'Build Back Better' is the call for action today. This pandemic is telling us to radically change how much and what we consume, and how and what we produce. And as we shift direction to a new path, to take everyone along. This article throws light on the five beacons for a just transition to a greener more inclusive economy for all.


We Have Forgotten Our Artisans Over The Years: Dr. Ashok Khosla, Development Alternatives

NDTV, in collaboration with the Habba, initiated a fundraiser for weavers and artisans. The main aim of the special telethon was to bring back the demand for handmade and revive their livelihoods. While speaking at the event, Dr Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives said that in order to understand the handicraft, there is a need to go back to the values of Mahatma Gandhi. He asserted that over the past years, the country as a while seems to have forgotten its artisans who possess the traditional skills and knowledge and have immense potential. Kanika Verma, Programme Director, DA added that the voice of the artisans must be given importance in order to truly address the problems that they are facing.


Why inclusion matters for the green economic transition

As a member of the Green Economy Coalition, Development Alternatives is inspiring change from the ground up. We believe that economic and environmental reform is too big to be tackled alone, thus we support the model of wiring together multiple organisations for collective action. We are ensuring that local green businesses get a stake in the transition to a green economy and we enable MSMEs to function as viable micro-enterprises in energising local economies and empowering people. Our work has proven that when people on ground are included in the green economy transition it scales quickly, enables dialogue and becomes fair and inclusive.

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