DA News Update


Development Services Branch (DSB)


l The PACS Programme Interim – Maharashtra Cluster workshop held at Aurangabad on June 10, 2008 was attended by Kiran Sharma, Vice President, Development Services Branch. The workshop mainly focused on the NREGS and its follow up. The workshop was a huge success. The first inception report of the Interim Phase has been sent to DFID.

l Wadi SCDP Project - Perspective Plan has been sent to ACC Wadi. Lt Col Munilal (Retd) visited the Panchayats of Laxmanpur, Rawoor and Kudanoor to check out the formation of SHGs at Wadi on June 9-11, 2008.

l The HP MED project essentially focuses on the training of the trainers and creating micro-entrepreneurs. The project started off with the appointment of the interns and sending them on a survey to Bundelkhand, Lucknow and Gorakhpur .

l The SUZLON - Baseline team visited the Cecoedecon office in Jaipur on June 9, 2008 and had a meeting for the finalisation of the budget for village survey for Jodhpur. Seemantani Khot, CSR Head of the SUZLON Foundation visited DA office on May 31, 2008 to discuss the framework and indicators for the village survey.

l A training Programme on MEAL (Monitoring Evaluation and Learning) was held at TARAgram, Orchha on June 5-7, 2008.

l Environment Day was celebrated on on June 5, 2008 as an extension of the Rural CLEAN-India programme. The Development Services Branch celebrated the day at Hastinapur and Sitaspur villages.

l Sharada Prasad, an employee of Arghyam started a 19,000 km motorcycle trek across India on April 26, 2008. He is from Chitradurga, a district in Karnataka dogged by water issues. Growing up in Chitradurga and facing the daily struggle for water - like millions of Indians do everyday - Sharada decided to take leave from his lucrative IT career to the non-profit sector and work on water availability. The objective of Sharada’s ride is to discover what water means to people across the country.

  Business Services Branch (BSB)  


l The TARA Akshar programme has now been initiated from eight TARAhaat centres under a new model. Under this initiative, learners are paying for the study cycle.

l Two SHG/CIG (Common interest group) owned TARAhaat centres were established in Madhya Pradesh and Bundelkhand.

  Communication Services Branch (CSB)  

l Development Alternatives presented its communication strategy at the Advancing Capacity to support Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA) Asia workshop on Risk Communication for Adapting to Climate Change at the Southeast Asia System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) regional centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand on June 25-27, 2008

l  A team from CSB was sent to the Tsunami-affected areas in south India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to evaluate the rehabilitation progress under an UNDP project.




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