Development Alternatives Digest
October 2020


LC3 at the Countdown Global Launch organised by TED

Prof. Karen Scrivener, EPFL represented LC3 technology at "Breakthroughs" in the TED event focused on the global climate crisis, organised on 10 October 2020 and streamed on TED official YouTube channel. Read More...
Get in touch with: Debojyoti Basu Roy

Virtual Workshop-Achieving Sustainable and Healthy Water through Efficient Systems in Orchha

A virtual workshop was organised by DA on 10 October 2020 for Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, as part of six-city dialogue series supported by the National Institute of Urban Affairs and Heinrich Boell Stiftung. Read More...
Get in touch with: Siddharth Jain

Graduation Ceremony for the Skill Development Programme - 'Skills to Livelihood'

A graduation ceremony was held in Yuvakendra centre, Khoda, Noida, Uttar Pradesh to felicitate trainees of the skill development programme of DA and HCL Uday.

Get in touch with: Aakriti Uttam

Recommencing the TARA Akshar+ Programme

In view of the spread of COVID-19, the adult literacy programme, TARA Akshar+ had paused temporarily and is now opening up back again in Aurai, Lalitpur and Babina in UP, and Bhagwanpur in Uttarakhand

Get in touch with: MS Ahluwalia

Webinar: Community Listening-W4P Approach for Accelerating Entrepreneurship

The Work 4 Progress programme of DA and "la Caixa" Foundation co-organised an interactive webinar on "Community Listening" on 1 October 2020.

Get in touch with: Ankita Pant

Training of Casting Engineers in India: A Collaboration between Kimura, KGMSDC and JICA

Kimura Foundry in collaboration with TARA (DA Group) organised a virtual seminar organised on 10 October 2020 and streamed on TED official YouTube channel.

Get in touch with: Sudhir Sah

Plantation drive to support farmers in Gautam Budh Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh

Develoment Alternatives is working for Tank Rejuvenation and Biodiversity Conservation, supported by HCL Foundation. A plantation drive was organised under this programme on 2 October 2020. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aakriti Uttam

Regional Entrepreneurship Coalition meeting at Khategaon, Madhya Pradesh

A Coalition meeting of the Work 4 Progress programme of "la Caixa" Foundation and Development Alternatives was organised on 14 October 2020 to initiate dialogue with local stakeholders. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankit Mudgal

Providing Trainings through Farmer's Field School in Bundelkhand

DA is working on tank rejuvenation and reforming the farming system in Bundelkhand. 200 farmers across 5 villages of Niwari District were trained in natural resource management from June-September 2020. Read More...
Get in touch with: Lalit Kumar Gangwar


Social Marketing : Behaviour change for safe water solutions

The Social Marketing toolkit explores how we can institute behavioural change in communities that allows for a more sustainable change in their habits with regards to uptake of safe water practices. This toolkit includes learnings from Antenna Foundation’s Safe Water program which was pioneered by Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), part of the Development Alternatives Group. TARA has a rich experience in demonstrating the potential of several solutions for the Base of Pyramid markets in the safe water space.

Land Remediation for Achieving

Development Alternatives has initiated several interventions for land remediation in the semi-arid, erratic rainfall prone and economically backward Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh. This report encapsulates the costs and benefits of the implemented programmes by applying an extended Economics of Land Degradation methodology in three districts of – Datia, Shivpuri and Niwari, of the region. The findings reflect the land use changes in the districts. Major improvements in agriculture were reported.

Work 4 Progress Quarterly Bulletin (September 2020)

The Work 4 Progress (W4P) programme of Development Alternatives and “la Caixa” Foundation aims to provide decent work opportunities for youth and women in three developing countries. In India, W4P provides enterprise development opportunities for youth and women in two regions – Bundelkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh. W4P’s September bulletin, ‘Jobs We Want - Entrepreneurship for Resilience’, talks about the role of community led institutions in coming up with relevant solutions and value of digital platforms in maintaining information flows.


Greening the Brick Sector in India: Bihar Leading the Way

Internationally acclaimed as the cheapest avenue for greenhouse gas mitigation, the brick sector carries a huge potential for transformation through adoption of clean production systems for emission reduction and improving energy and resource efficiency by means of industrial waste utilisation and process modifications. Development Alternatives in association with the Bihar State Pollution Control Board and supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation has been accelerating cleaner brick production technologies and supporting the Government of Bihar's initiative in becoming a carbon neutral state by the year 2040.


Handmade Dil Se

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 value of 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 whole 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.


LC3 - Limestone Calcined Clay Cement

LC3 is new type of cement that is based on a blend of limestone and calcined clay.

LC3 can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30%, is made using limestone and low-grade clays which are available in abundant quantities, is cost effective and does not require capital intensive modifications to existing cement plants.

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