Radio Bundelkhand is a community radio station that empowers the local community in the Bundelkhand region of India. In this blog, Maj. Gen Rahul Bhardwaj and Aakriti Uttam discusses the radio station's work in climate change adaptation and other development information in the region and its transforming actions and decisions at the grassroots towards a more climate-resilient and sustainable society.
India needs to generate 10 million jobs yearly, more so in rural India, where over 70% of the population resides. In this blog, Kanika Verma highlights the various pioneering work done by Development Alternatives in promoting entrepreneurship in rural India. It also discusses the transformative power of ‘Digital Infrastructure’ as a driver of entrepreneurship-led job creation.
Development solutions are needed to promote green and inclusive growth and address multiple layers of challenges. In this blog, Kanika Verma discusses how green and inclusive entrepreneurship can contribute towards constructing sustainable and resilient micro-economies. While observing that there is a ‘missing middle’ in the global policy framework, she argues that a suite of instruments, created collaboratively, is needed to enable an inclusive and green transition in economies.
In this blog, Dr Swayam Prabha Das discusses the importance of nature-based solutions in tackling the adverse effects of climate change on infrastructure and society. This blog explores the various governmental and non-governmental initiatives in promoting nature-based solutions as part of sustainability and conservation efforts. The present events have made it clear that only community-based natural resource management can help conserve ecosystems and generate economic opportunities.
In this blog by Zeenat Niazi, she reminds us of the profound relevance of Gandhian principles on this World Habitat Day, coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. She explores the urgency of addressing resource stress, pollution, and climate change in our settlements. The editorial delves into the spectrum of challenges- from data driven policies-to-practice approach to changing citizen behaviours.
As India marks its 77th Independence Day, the editorial by Dr Ashok Khosla discusses the aspirations of the country’s citizens and what “a better life for all” encompasses. He argues that it can be achieved, provided relationships among the different social sectors, structures and systems become less vertical and more horizontal.
In this Blog, Soumen Maity recounts the adverse effects climate change is posing on earth and its inhabitants. From unprecedented heat waves to land degradation, humans are facing a plethora of problems. In this dismissal scenario, there seem to be some rays of hope. He talks about the work being done by Development Alternatives and other organisations to create a green and sustainable future.
The author of the blog, Kanika Verma, highlights the United Nations' resolution on promoting the social and solidarity economy for sustainable development. She emphasizes India's existing institutional structures and their potential to address poverty through economic and social empowerment. She suggests that embracing the social economy framework and engaging with the informal sector can drive India's transition to an inclusive and equitable future.
In this Blog, Dr Ashok Khosla looks back on the circumstances under which Development Alternatives was formed. He also elaborates on how the organisation is different from other Civil Society Organisations and the way it has been able to create thoughtful active leaders capable of reorienting and creating the development pathways needed for a better future. Women's close association with sustainable livelihoods, especially among the underprivileged sections of society, is well known.
Plastics have become an indispensable part of human lives and transformed everyday life. The present per capita consumption is over 21 million tonne in India. Rapid urbanisation and population growth are bound to increase their usage further in the years to come.