Development Alternatives Digest
October 2019

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Strategising Sustainable Development Goals Business Model Formulation

Development Alternatives Group along with E-Square Inc., Japan and Kimura Foundry Co., Ltd., Japan conducted a second round of feasibility survey across Bengaluru, Mysuru and Delhi to address issues affecting India's development. The survey highlighted the shortage of specialised skilled workers in the casting industry and the shortage of high-quality casting products. Read More...
Get in touch with: Sudhir Sah

Enabling Women Empowerment through Green Enterprises

On the occasion of National Women Farmer's day, 15 October 2019, Development Alternatives under the Work 4 Progress programme of la Caixa Banking Foundation celebrated the various women entrepreneurs who have excelled in their work and have become important links in enabling a local culture of entrepreneurship and enterprise development in their communities. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankit Mudgal

Promoting Inclusion in Green Economy Practices at International Labour Organisation

As a member of Green Economy Coalition, Development Alternatives was invited as a trainer at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to train at the Green Economy Academy from 14 to 18 October 2019. Anshul Bhamra presented an important story from Bihar, where entrepreneurs making Fly Ash Bricks have advocated for their share in public procurement. Read More...
Get in touch with: Anshul S Bhamra

Lighting the Path for Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

With the vision of creating new enterprises, the Entrepreneurship for Empowerment programme works in tandem with Uttarakhand State Rural Livelihood Mission (UKSRLM) in selected areas of intervention in Bhagwanpur block of Haridwar district.The program recently undertook an initiative where 15 women form 2 SHGs were trained on LED bulb assembly.  Read More...
Get in touch with: Munir Ahmed Tahir

Exploring Opportunities for Forming a Roadmap

A 'Reflection and Learning Workshop' was organised at Development Alternatives headquarters to mark the end of the first phase of the 'Entrepreneurship for Empowerment' programme in association with HSBC. The objective was to take account of the work status, analyse achievements, understand barriers and shifts, discuss future opportunities and derive a way forward for the next phase of the project. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankita Pant

Transforming Lives through Skill Enhancement

A graduation ceremony was organised for 120 adolescents who have been trained under the project "Linking Adolescent Girls and Boys of Jhabua to Livelihood through Skill Enhancement for a Better Future" by Development Alternatives in association with United Nations Children's Fund. In this programme, adolescents are guided to learn different skills and are also acquainted with livelihood opportunities. Read More...
Get in touch with: Sandeep Khanwalkar

Promoting 'Clean Hands' for Good Health and Hygiene among TARA Akshar+ Neo Literates

Global Handwashing Day was celebrated in Gyan Chaupali sessions under TARA Akshar+ in Aurai block in Bhadohi district and Jakhaura block in Lalitpur district, Uttar Pradesh on 15 October 2019. This is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to spreading awareness about handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. Additionally, Lifebuoy soaps were distributed to the TARA Akshar+ neo-literates on this occasion.   Read More...
Get in touch with: Divya Mehrotra

Celebrating 11 Years of the Community Radio - Radio Bundelkhand

Radio Bundelkhand celebrated its 11th anniversary on 23 October 2019. On this occasion, the radio jockeys interacted with the community and the listeners congratulated them and thanked them for the interesting programmes that they have delivered successfully for the last 11 years. The Radio channel has not only gained popularity in the Bundelkhand region but has also been recognised nationally and internationally. Read More...
Get in touch with: Chandra Prakash Niranjan

Fostering Self-Reliance through Livelihood Development

Sewing machines were provided to 30 TARA Akshar+ neo literates of Bhagwanpur under the provisions of the Building and Other Construction Workers Act, 1996, Government of Uttarakhand. They were distributed by the respective Gram Pradhans on behalf of Harak Singh Rawat, Labour Minister Government of Uttarakhand. These women have set on the path of self-reliance and would now be using these sewing machines for livelihood development. Read More...
Get in touch with: Divya Mehrotra


Mini Toolkit on Unlocking Finance

Access to finance is one of the key enablers for viable enterprise development. This mini toolkit shares tools and initiatives adopted by the Work 4 Progress programme for unlocking access to finance along with a guide on setting up a sustainable micro-credit facility.

Mini Toolkit on Women Entrepreneurship

Central to inclusive and sustainable development is the urgent need to harness the economic potential of women. This mini toolkit shares a few tools and initiatives adopted by the Work 4 Progress (W4P) program for overcoming socio-economic barriers faced by women.

Mini Toolkit on Platforms for Learning

A social innovation approach establishes ways to creates new networks that untangle the web of wicked problems. This mini toolkit shares the adaptive learning framework of the Work 4 Progress (W4P) program along with insights on adopting principles of ethnography for capturing ambiguous narratives.


How are Food and the Environment Related?

It is well known that the impact of our food system on the natural world is complex. Many factors including farming method, what pesticides and fertilisers are used,and so on, contribute to the environmental impact of the food we buy and eat. For example, in the United States of America, there is demand for cheap food, so their agricultural policy for the past 30 years has focused on providing large amounts of inexpensive calories. Two of the cheapest sources of calories are corn and soy, which the federal government has long subsidized and which make up a large percentage of their caloric intake today. Corn is also a large part of the diet of the animals that are eaten. Corn and soy are prized because they can be efficiently grown on vast farms. However, growing just one crop consistently (a monoculture) depletes the soil and forces farmers to use greater amounts of pesticides and fertilizers thus making it a vicious cycle.


Micromovements of Change Part - 1

Work 4 Progress (W4P) India aims to create a culture of entrepreneurship in regions of Bundelkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh. It adopts a social innovation methodology in which it listens to the community through dialogue, finds answers through co-creation, prototypes solutions and shares learnings to eventually create impact at scale. When W4P prototypes start challenging the status quo in communities, they become 'micro-movements' to accelerate shifts in relationships, resource flows, local processes, attitudes and behaviour. This story is about a micro-movement that is building a robust support system for accelerating the development of profitable enterprises. It started with the setting up of a regional platform for converging resources and connecting small businesses with service providers such as financial institutions, market aggregators and training institutions.

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