Six-and-a-half decades after Independence; a half-century after the Green Revolution liberated India from the spectre of starvation, even official statistics estimate that more than a hundred million of our fellow citizens go to sleep each night hungry and malnourished. This booklet explores the design and functions of the institutions of the State, of business and of civil society that are necessary - even if not entirely sufficient -- to serve the ethical, ecological and societal purpose of speedily eliminating hunger and malnutrition from India.
Life on Earth depends on many resources and a vast number of interactions and flows among them. Critical among these are Oxygen, Carbon and Nitrogen from the atmosphere, light and heat from the Sun, food from terrestrial and ocean biomes, not to mention myriads of complex physical, chemical and biological cycles and geological processes. In this Annual Conference of CoR-India, DA attempts to explore the technological, economic and policy choices we can make that converge with the goals of sustainability.
This Brochure highlights the present status of India’s economy. It summarises five mantras of Green Economy that can exhilarate India on the path of sustainable development.
Providing adequate shelter for its rural population continues to be a major challenge. Development Alternatives in collaboration with Fondazione FEM Onlus did an action research project on ‘credit-based eco housing for the rural populate of Bundelkhand region” in central India, which aimed towards provision of low coast eco-friendly housing for working poor through ecosystem approach. The paper deals with the project case study and details the process innovations pioneered in the project, the benefits achieved through these innovations and the learning from the project. Based on this case study, the paper would also details the mechanisms necessary for scaling the model for wider dissemination in Indian populace.
This training capsule is designed to spread awareness among children regarding safe drinking water at household level.
This animated booklet is designed to spread awareness among children regarding safe drinking water at household level.
This training manual is meant for community mobilisers to spread awareness in communities on safe drinking water at household level.
This training manual provides information on safe drinking water. It elaborates some low cost and effective options for Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. It is especially designed for community mobilisers who wish to promote safe drinking water at household / community level.
In India, policy options targeted towards greening the manufacturing, energy, transport, construction, etc. sectors will cost the economy a meagre 0.2% to 0.4% of the annual GDP growth along with contributing to employment generation. By maintaining and building up natural capital and mitigating resource scarcity, these investments will provide the basis for enhanced human well-being, opportunities for job creation, and sustained economic development for the next 20 to 40 years. The movement is thus from mere economic growth towards achieving a triple win development that includes social integration, economic viability, and environmental sustainability. Redefining the way progress is looked at, with the needs of our society and our natural infrastructure, the concept of green economy is to create long-term priorities for investment that will form the basic fabric of improving levels of human well-being and natural capital systems. This paper attempts to understand the key sectors for intervention in India and have emerged as the main players in undertaking green initiatives.
Water is a fundamental human need and a critical national asset. India’s huge and growing population is putting a severe strain on its water resources. Water along with food, energy and land forms a critical part of the ‘new security agenda’. ‘Policy Coherence Analysis’ attempts to integrate the economic, social, environmental and governance dimensions of sustainable development at all stages of domestic and international policy. This booklet explores the nature of the institutions of the State, of business and of civil society that are necessary—even if not entirely sufficient—to serve the economic, ecological and societal, and above all ethical, purpose of speedily eliminating water insecurity from India.
The long-term goal of SPEED is to contribute to positive impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations by providing clean energy to rural communities, thereby improving the quality of life and enhancing livelihood security
This policy was formulated with a citizen centric view, keeping forth the economic, physical and social comforts of the citizen as an end user. The policy, in order to bring more dignity to the end user and to encourage a market driven perspective amongst the service providers, discourages the usage of the term beneficiary. The policy also seeks to promote the state and the administering Urban Local Bodies as facilitators to the process of habitat development. It also supports the view of usufruct rights to land, discourages the concept of land ownership by the customer and supports the idea of shelter ownership.
The purpose of this catalogue is to introduce design standards and specifications for sustainable affordable housing in the plain regions of India in order to facilitate the state agencies in planning and construction.
The catalogue aims to support state agencies in the planning and construction of affordable housing. This will be done through the development of standards and specifications at the state level with respect to planning, design and construction technologies and building practices which determine the implementation of affordable green housing for urban areas in two selected regions i.e. Plains and Coastal. Designs are supported with floor plans for each housing typology with design considerations as per the geographic location and front elevation, section at critical points, specifications and a Bill of Quantities.
This report presents the finding of an assessment on sustainability in urban social housing in India undertaken by Development Alternatives under the UNEP -Sustainable Social Housing Initiative (SUSHI). The assessment aims at creating a better understanding of the integration of environmental sustainability in the social housing space in India. Green affordable housing at present is still marginal in urban India. Green building has mostly taken off in the non-residential sector. Unavailability of land, hike in the cost of labour and materials, low capacities at the local level and bureaucratic procedures in the schemes’ implementation are the major obstacles in bridging the housing gap. On top of these challenges in producing affordable housing at scale come specific challenges linked with the diffusion of green building materials and techniques in the affordable housing space.
Construction is a crucial component and indicator of a country’s development. India is poised to become the 3rd largest construction market by 2018 (PwC, 2011). The global discourse on green economy has been progressively intensifying over the years. The basis of green economy is a fair, efficient and environmentally sustainable society, with the potential of uplifting millions out of poverty; inducing efficiency in the financial systems, and nurturing human and natural capital to establish large scale livelihood opportunities. Considering the scales of the impacts on environment, it is imperative that the construction sector embeds the concept of sustainability and green economy in its development trajectory. This paper highlights that there are viable opportunities for greening the sector, however, in order to translate the opportunities to tangible benefits, several interventions in form of public policies, awareness generation, capacity building and skill development, and appropriate financial tools are imperative