Development Alternatives Digest
March 2022


Regional Coalitions on Enterprise Development in NCR and Uttarakhand

Regional enterprise coalitions were conducted in Palwal and Bhagwanpur under the HSBC-EE project on 3 March, 2022 and 17 March, 2022, respectively, to bring stakeholders and entrepreneurs on a platform to enable them share their ideas and combine their efforts towards a common goal. Read More...
Get in touch with: Roopali Gupta

DA Organises Job Fair and Placement Drives at Training Centres in Gautam Buddha Nagar

DA organised a job fair and placement drives in Gautam Buddha Nagar on 23 and 25 March, 2022, respectively, as part of its Skills to Livelihood Project. The project aims to extend skills training and livelihoods support to the youth and women.

Get in touch with: Ekta Kashyap

Truck Cabin Sanitisation and Dry Ration Distribution activities Under Suhana Safar Programme

More than 1300 truck cabins were sanitised at the containerised truck depots, to prevent contracting the COVID 19 virus. The dry ration was also distributed among the community members in Delhi-NCR. This was under the COVID-19 Relief and Support Initiative of the DA's Suhana Safar Programme. Read More...
Get in touch with: Vishakha Mittal

Paper Presentation on harmful effects of Arsenic in Water

DA presented a paper on arsenic occurrences, their health impacts, and arsenic removal technologies for drinking water at the 1st International Conference on Advances in Water Treatment and Management (ICAWTM-22) held on 25 and 26 March, 2022 at the Pandit Deendayal Energy University (PDEU), Gujarat. Read More...
Get in touch with: Gunjan Som

A session with Kaun Banega Business Leader Winners in Odisha

The DA team interacted with Kaun Banega Business Leader winners to assess the transference process of the social innovation tools and understand opportunities for women entrepreneurship in the region. The session was conducted on 2 March, 2022 in Mayurbhanj, Odisha.

Get in touch with: Roopali Gupta

Certification Ceremony and Training Kit Distribution in Haridwar

As part of the Skills Training for Employment Preparedness (STEP) Programme, a certification ceremony was organised on 4 March, 2022 at Government Girls Inter College, Jwalapur, Haridwar, to honour students of classes XI and XII who finished their livelihood awareness training.

Get in touch with: Vishakha Mittal

Training session for Trainers in Jaipur

Three-day training programme was organised for trainers from 3 to 5 March, 2022 at the Vocational Training Centers in Jaipur. This was to keep them abreast with technology, its role in training, and the identification and writing of case studies.

Get in touch with: Ekta Kashyap

A Session Conducted Under W4P Programme

As a part of the Work4Progress Phase III programme, a planning session was conducted by the Development Alternatives team in Mirzapur on 5 March, 2022 with an objective to identify various modes of support to accelerate job creation.

Get in touch with: Roopali Gupta

International Women's Day Celebrations

Women's day was celebrated in Taragram, Orchha, to showcase women's achievements, recognise their challenges, and focus greater attention on their rights and gender equality. Similar programmes were also organised across IMEDF-SFURTI clusters where women shared their inspirational stories. Read More...
Get in touch with: Roopali Gupta


empowHER - Women Empowerment Brochure

Development Alternatives has been designing and providing solutions for women in the areas of Literacy, Energy, Water, Habitat, Skill Development, Waste to Wealth Creation and Enterprise Development. Through Innovative programmes and action research, we are enhancing the agency of women and advancing gender equality in India and the Global South.

Game Changer for Gender Equality... Keeping HER First

TARA Akshar+ (an adult literacy programme) is a passport to a fulfilling life for women in India. Through functional literacy, they have a real opportunity to transform their lives and enrich the lives of people around them. The programme has enabled 230,000 women in India in the last decade, making them aware citizens, contributing to society as a strong 'social capital' and leading to overall community development.

Empower - skills to livelihood

While the lockdown amid COVID-19 pandemic hindered the learning and training of students. It also provided an opportunity to accelerate the digital learning process. The same is reflected in the work done by Development Alternatives. During the lockdown DA took up the mantle to connect learning and jobs with Digital platforms through various initiatives. This newsletter highlights our initiatives undertaken.


A New Empowerment Story - Just Ask Women

We are probably looking at the situation from the wrong end of the telescope. Instead of focusing on problems and challenges in the path of women's empowerment, what if we instead focused on unleashing energies that enable them to be enterprising, asks Kanika Verma. We need a new empowerment story for women; the one that is created and narrated by them.


SAM-UDYAM: Pathways to Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Bhagwani Devi is one of the first women to drive an e-rickshaw in Gopalpur village, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. A proud e-rickshaw entrepreneur, Bhagwani shares that she finds joy in providing affordable transport for school going girls and putting a smile on people's face through her service. As a seasoned resident of her town, her e-rickshaw also offers guided tours of Mirzapur to pilgrims and devotees.
Let us know if you run into Bhagwani Devi the next time you visit Mirzapur!

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