Development Alternatives Digest
September 2020


Greening the Brick Sector in Bihar

The Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi released the Fly Ash Status Report for the state and lauded the efforts of DA in greening the brick sector in Bihar.

Get in touch with: Avinash Kumar

Rejuvenating Water Tank Ecosystems

Development Alternatives and HCL Foundation is generating awareness and rejuvenating the lost tank ecosystems in five villages of Dadri, Gautam Buddha Nagar District, Uttar Pradesh. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aakriti Uttam

A Conversation on Micro-Entrepreneurship in India

DA is writing a chapter, 'Emerging patterns in micro-entrepreneurship and impact on the poor in rural India' in State of India’s Livelihoods report. To take insights, a virtual roundtable was hosted on 25 September. Read More...
Get in touch with: Vrinda Chopra

Celebrating Rashtriya Poshan Maah (National Nutrition Month) in Bundelkhand

Development Alternatives celebrated the 3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah (National Nutrition Month), throughout September, by empowering communities in Bundelkhand, especially women and youth to make informed food choices. Read More...
Get in touch with: Diksha Singh

Fostering Sustainable Livelihoods and Traditional Crafts through Tourism Commerce

DA is collaborating with 'NotOnMart', an initiative by NotOnMap, who are connecting consumers directly to farmers and craftsmen. This is part of the programme to promote responsible eco tourism in collaboration with National Mission on Himalayan Studies. Read More...
Get in touch with: Kavya Arora

Agricultural and Water Management Support for Alleviating Farmers’ Distress

Development Alternatives and Marico India are working to address agrarian challenges in villages of Bundelkhand. One of the initiatives in this programme focusses on rejuvenation of tanks and providing support to farmers. Read More...
Get in touch with: Sandeep Khanwalkar


Greening India's Economic Recovery Package

Ever since countries began to feel the economic impact of COVID-19, an active discussion has started, within and among United Nations, development partners and in particular European countries, on using national stimulus packages as a means to put economies on a greener track. A discussion around these key questions was organised jointly by Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE - a 5 UN Agencies’ collaboration of UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UNITAR and ILO); Development Alternatives Group as the Green Economy Coalition Hub in India and Climate Policy Initiative on 06 July 2020.

Work 4 Progress Bulletin April 2020 Issue

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. 'Jobs We Want', the April 2020 bulletin of W4P India talks about how W4P prototypes are driving transformative change by breaking silos, facilitating collaboration, leveraging existing resources and designing customized solutions to ensure no aspiring entrepreneur is left behind.

Economics of Land Degradation

This report encapsulates the costs and benefits of the programmes implemented by Development Alternatives by applying ELD methodology in three districts of Bundelkhand. The assessments looked into natural, social and human capital based on multiple indicators. The report highlights the differences in performances of different forms of capitals across intervention and control villages for the selected time period (2013- 2018). The findings reflected that land use changes have taken place in the study area during this period. Major improvements in agriculture were reported.


Water Smartness is Vital to Embrace the "New Normal"

Consumption of unclean water can lead to illnesses and affect our immune system, which is vital in fighting the ongoing pandemic. Since frequent hand wash is critical to contain the spread of COVID-19, access to clean and sufficient water sources is important. Additional water requirements to contain COVID are impacting rural women more than men due to the role they play as primary users, providers and managers of water in the households. In this article, Dr K. Vijayalakshmi, Vice President, Development Alternatives Group throws light on some smart solutions that the organisation is implementing to reduce such gender disparities.


TARA Akshar+ : Empowerment through literacy

Literacy is crucial to economic and social development as well as individual and community well-being. Effective literacy skills open the doors to educational and employment opportunities so that people are able to pull themselves out of poverty and chronic underemployment, leading to overall empowerment.
Development Alternatives’ flagship program, TARA Akshar+ is a stride in this direction. Join us in our endeavor to promote functional literacy among those who need it the most.

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