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A women-led initiative ensures access to water, better sanitation

This story is of Punawli Kalan Village in Uttar Pradesh where a community with the support of a women-led federation solved its water woes by developing a community-owned water supply system. The collective effort made by the community backed by the federation has resulted in increased accessibility to safe water for households. In addition to the improved accessibility and quality, the endeavour has also reduced drudgery for women.

Water Campaign at DA in Partnership with NABARD-Media Coverage

Development Alternatives is the implementation partner for the Water Campaign initiated by NABARD. The Water Campaign is being carried out in 500 villages of Jhansi district, Uttar Pradesh. Various activities like rallies, shram daan, prabhat feri, etc. have been carried out under this campaign.

90 TARAAkshar+ women receive NIOS certificate

NIOS certificate distribution ceremony was organised on 20th May, 2017 for TARA Akshar+ learners by CSO partner Shushrusha Samiti in Ramnagar Block of eastern Uttar Pradesh. The ceremony was attended by Block Development Officer (BDO), Ramnagar, ABSA and Gram Pradhan.

Community led resource efficient agriculture in Bundelkhand

This case study highlights the Community led resource efficient agriculture initiatives undertaken by Development Alternatives in Bundelkhand. This is one of the 32 success stories from 19 states involving local NGOs, universities, corporate foundations, donor agencies and research organisations.

We need to persuade the government to get involved

The Indian Resource Panel (InRP) was set up to deal with precisely these issues in November 2015, and last week it submitted its first set of recommendations to the government.The InRP is an advisory panel embedded within the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and its role is to advise on key barriers to progress on resource efficiency at national, regional and sectoral levels and give practical suggestions on how to deal with them.

Big ambitions: A small Indian state takes on the Global Goals

What happens when a small Indian state bases their development planning on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) principles? Tarang Singh of Development Alternatives, GEC's green economy dialogue lead in India, reports on how global goals are being shaped by local voices.

Workshop on Solid Waste Management in Haridwar, Uttarakhand

The International workshop on 'Resource and Climate Protection through integrated waste management projects in India', was conducted on 23rd March as a part of the project commissioned by the UBA and ifeu. Development Alternatives is implementing the project in three cities in India: Bangalore, Haridwar and Bhopal. The workshop aimed to bring the different stakeholders of Haridwar to a common platform and to discuss the research findings as well as share the possible optimisation scenarios for waste management that has been developed by the research team.

New Economy Paradigm to Achieve SDGs

What are the different approaches that can be followed to move on the path of sustainable development? How do these approaches differ from each other? What approach should India choose to design a 15-year perspective plan for sustainable development? In this Blog, Ms. Zeenat Niazi, Vice President, Development Alternatives Group answers these questions and throws light on the principles that should be followed while formulating the Indian approach.

Creating access to safe water through women-led delivery models

This blog explores how TARA, a social enterprise of the Development Alternatives Group builds the capacity of rural communities and provides them with job opportunities

Awareness Programme at Jhansi on World Water Day

Awareness workshop on Water Conservation and Hygiene was organised on 22nd March, 2017 in Ambabai village of Jhansi. Awareness among members of Self Help Groups took place. Topic related to water conservation, safe water, healthy habits were covered during the workshop. Sarpanch and members of the Panchayat were also present.

Why linking rivers will not save Bundelkhand

Even as Bundelkhand shrivels under the onslaught of a prolonged drought, the government is going ahead with a grand scheme to link two major rivers at this southern edge of the Ganga basin. Retaining rainwater through ponds, check dams and farm embankments is what is needed in the drouhgt-hit region.

People’s ideas: Mainstreaming innovation at the grassroots

Over 350 participants from across India representing 105 NGOs discussed 20 years of Small Grants Programme (SGP) in India, and 25 years globally, on first day of the three-day Pan-India SGP Meet at Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in Ahmedabad. The conference has been organized on the theme 'Mainstreaming Grassroots Innovations.

Phoenix rising

When broken down boulders and rubble waste sit by the roadside or at a demolition site for months on end, as they do in most of our cities, rarely does the thought arise where does it all go from here? The unfortunate answer is that this material, made up of sand, gravel, bricks and cement generated during demolition and construction of housing and infrastructure exercises, mostly lands up in all the wrong places. It roughly constitutes a third of the total municipal solid waste.

To change India, we need a State-NGO collaboration

Election time once again raises the question of power. So many promises are being made but the winners will prove powerless to fulfill most of them. When I visited Assam recently, I saw that governments would do better if they shared power.

Radio, lifeline of common man

After a long period in oblivion and almost a decade after it was opened to private players, radio has regained its place in the lives of common man. Radio has created a place in the urban community as well, as an increasing number of people have now switched over to radio for their daily dose of entertainment. In Bundelkhand, there are for radio stations, of which Radio Bundelkhand was the first to be started in 2008 by Development Alternatives.

Workshop on Roadmap Towards Accelerated Adoption of Fly ash...

The brick sector of Bihar is presently dominated by highly resource and energy intensive conventional technologies like Fixed Chimney Kilns (FCKs). The usage of fly ash for the production of bricks presents a lucrative opportunity to reduce the negative environmental impacts of clay brickmaking, while also mitigating the land used in the disposal of fly ash, which is produced during coal burning at power plants. Development Alternatives and Shakthi Sustainable Energy Foundation under the supervision of Bihar State Pollution Control Board organised a day long stakeholder’s workshop on Roadmap Towards Accelerated Adoption of Fly Ash Brick Industry in Bihar on the 23rd of November 2016 at Hotel Pataliputra Ashok, Patna

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