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Ashok Khosla delivers Verghese Kurien Memorial oration

Dr Ashok Khosla, Chairman, DA delivered the ‘4th Dr Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration on Sustainable Development’ at Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur on 23rd September, 2017.

SMART POWER A New Value Proposition for Village Communities

Abstract: Energy is an accelerator for economic growth. Access to electricity can have a dramatic impact on the well-being of rural communities, as demonstrated by the Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD) programme. This article highlights the decentralised renewable energy based model by TARA (an SPRD partner) which aims to drive social wellbeing and enable local businesses to grow.

Managing our Natural Resources for the Benefit of All

Dr. Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives Group discusses the importance of using concepts such as resource efficiency, sufficiency, full-cost accounting to prevent possible irreversible changes in the biosphere that sustains us. He emphasises the need to use Systems Thinking which widens perspectives and induces policy makers to look critically at the indicators of development beyond the traditional economic and growth measures of GDP. This would incorporate measures of other social and environmental outcomes of economic activities to obtain a better understanding of what is the degree of genuine human progress.

IIT Madras: New eco-friendly cement being tested for use in industry

A research collaboration between India and Switzerland on a new cement material that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the manufacturing process is set to take off into implementation. Partners in this research are TARA (Technology and Action for Rural Development), IIT Delhi and IIT Madras.

Bamboo and its Future in India

Bamboo is known to be one of the greenest building materials available today. Worldwide, building with bamboo is an ancient tradition in the regions where the plant grows in abundance, such as South America, Africa and, in particular, South-East Asia. Indian bamboo sector itself generates about 432 million workdays annually. This article emphasises the need and significance of establishing a flourishing bamboo industry in India.

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.

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