Development Alternatives Digest
January 2022


An MoU between TARA and Agra Nagar Nigam for Improving Plastic Waste Management in Agra

A MoU has been signed between TARA and Agra Nagar Nigam on 14 December, 2021, under the project Nirmal Agra, funded by Alliance to End Plastic Waste Inc. (AEPW). The aim is to improve plastic waste management in Agra city. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aakriti Uttam

Enhancing Financial Linkages for Entrepreneurship through RangDe

Under the HSBC Empowerment through Entrepreneurship programme, Development Alternatives has partnered with the peer-to-peer online lending platform RangDe to strengthen financial linkage to promote entrepreneurship development in rural areas. Read More...
Get in touch with: Muskan Chawla

Regional Enterprise Coalition in Bundelkhand to Co-create Solutions for Enterprise Development

A regional enterprise coalition was organised in Bundelkhand with the aim to bring all the stakeholders together to pool resources and co-create solutions with a network of partners.

Get in touch with: Rajeev Kumar

Fishery and Poultry Enterprises Assesment in UP

As part of Integrated Fishery and Poultry Enterprise project, a field visit was conducted in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh to assess the effectiveness of integrated models for waste utilisation and circularity.

Get in touch with: Debasis Ray

Fight against corona with Radio Bundelkhand 90.4FM

During Covid, Radio Bundelkhand stepped up to provide accurate and timely information to the community. It also worked hard to eradicate the fear of pandemic by creating awareness against the virus and how to take preventive measures. Read More...
Get in touch with: Vineeta khatri

Health Camps for Truck Drivers in NCR

A 5-day health camp was organised in Delhi NCR to create awareness among truck drivers, their families, and the community members. It also helped them access quality health care, information related to nutritious diet intake and a healthy lifestyle. Read More...
Get in touch with: Vishakha Mittal


Achieving Sustainable and Healthy Water Through Efficient Systems

This report discusses the workshops conducted by the Development Alternatives in association with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and supported by Heinrich Böll Stiftung for the city of Dehradun Uttarakhand. The workshop aimed at bringing together key stakeholders from both public and private sector, subject matter experts and new age technology promoters in urban water and wastewater management space. It focused on introducing the approach of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM), sharing the identified issues and challenges faced by the city, apprising the city of decentralised low footprint packaged solutions, best practices and understanding each other’s aspirations and exploring the possibilities of supporting each other.

Chalking Out Emerging identities - bringing to light the torchbearers

This compendium encapsulates the stories of the instructors and Sahelis, attempting to bring to light the real torchbearers of the TARA Akshar+ programme. TARA Akshar+, an ICT based literacy programme designed and developed by the Development Alternatives Group, has emerged as an alternative solution for addressing the problem of illiteracy in India, in a fast and effective manner. The instructors and Sahelis are the ones who have been imparting functional literacy and numeracy to women across eight states for over a decade.

To improve lives,rural electrification efforts must respond to local aspirations

Rural electrification in developing nations is a critical component of their growth stories, boosting economic independence, increasing school enrollment, and enhancing job opportunities. According to the World Bank, a lack of electricity can reduce a person’s chances of finding a job by 41 percent. Improved access to energy should not be considered a problem to solve. With the planet on the brink of a climate crisis, it must be seen as an opportunity to meet social, environmental and indeed, economic objectives.


Science for the city by citizens: Enhancing local water system resilience

Public messaging has not developed enough to motivate citizens to get involved in urban governance, especially water management issues. But, Zeenat Niazi writes, anchoring and integrating citizen science and citizen participation into our education and local governance processes is likely to deliver robust and sustainable outcomes in enhancing local urban water system resilience.



With climate change, rainfall patterns are expected to get more erratic, making the problem of water scarcity even more prominent. Unsustainable irrigation practises have reduced ground water tables to a precariously low level. This video highlights the initiative of Development Alternatives over the last 35 years, which has facilitated the construction of more than 150 water harvesting structures, including check dams, gabions, field building, etc. These watershed management programmes have helped prevent soil runoff, regenerate natural vegetation as well as harvest rainwater and recharge groundwater, creating a sustainable livelihood for rural communities. With the potential impacts of climate change bearing down on this fragile region, conserving natural resources will become even more crucial for the future.

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