Development Alternatives Digest
November 2021


Regional Enterprise Coalition organised in Eastern Uttar Pradesh

A regional enterprise coalition was organised with 14 stakeholders in the Mirzapur district of Eastern UP, under the Work 4 Progress programme. The discussion revolved around post-COVID transitions in the local ecosystem towards entrepreneurship. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankit Mudgal

Campaigning for Inclusion of women in the digital spaces

Development Alternatives aims to empower 800 women between the age group of 25-45 years in the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh as part of the project Technology and Rural Advancement for Women Empowerment through Annihilating Digital Divide. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tejashwani

Placement Drive organised at a Skill Development Centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Development Alternatives organised a placement drive in November at a Skill Development Centre in Jaipur. This was conducted under the Skills to Livelihood Project, which aims to extend skills training and livelihoods support to youth and women. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ekta Kashyap

DA participated in workshop on "Fostering the Circular Economy: Role of MSMEs"

A collaborative workshop was organised by SEED: Promoting Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development in the form of a Policy Solution Prototyping Lab. The 2-day workshop focused on co-creating prototypes of solutions/policy mechanisms that can potentially tackle the challenges identified previously. Read More...
Get in touch with: Mohak Gupta

Webinar on "Towards a Nature Positive Economic Recovery Post COVID-19"

A Webinar was organised by IIED, and co-hosted by Green Economy Coalition and Development Alternatives. Based on findings from country case studies in Brazil, France, India and Uganda, the panel discussed tangible nature positive and nature negative actions.

Get in touch with: Satabdi Datta

Listening exercises conducted in Mirzapur district for enterprise development

A 4-day field visit to the Mirzapur district of Eastern Uttar Pradesh was organised under the Work 4 Progress Programme. With an objective to listen and understand the needs, aspirations, desires and challenges of the community, three listening sessions were conducted in the first two days of the visit by the DA team. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ankita pant


Promotion of Countermeasures Against Marine Plastic Litter in Southeast Asia and India

This report encapsulates The implementation of the project, Promotion of Countermeasures against Marine Plastic Litter in Southeast Asia and India, by Development Alternatives with the support from UNEP in two cities - Haridwar and Prayagraj. The project aimed at reducing the usage of plastic and its disposal in river Ganga, through various awareness campaigns, clean-up drives and capacity building programs. It also aims to build a common platform where different stakeholders can join hands to initiate measures to remove plastic from the river.

Environmental and Resource assessment for uptake of LC3 in India's cement mix

This report provides a detailed description of the study undertaken to ascertain the potential sustainable impact of LC3 in India's cement mix. Conducting a comparative analysis of the environmental and resource performance between two diverse cement production scenarios - Business As Usual (BAU) and Low-Carbon Pathway (LCP), the study concludes that introduction and growing proportion of LCPs have a better environmental and resource performance - thereby establishing the legitimacy of LC3 as the cement for sustainable future in India.

State of Play for Circular Built Environment in Asia

The report provides an overview of the state of the built environment and construction sector in Asia in relation to the practices and potential of establishing a circular economy in the region. The overview sets out the characteristics of the sector and explores how it can be made more sustainable through circular economy approaches. The study analyses the current situation with regard to the built environment of Asia, identifies critical areas of improvement in relation to sustainable development and provides necessary recommendations. The focus is on some of the fastest-developing countries - India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan and Nepal.


Pathways for Inclusive Entrepreneurship: A Post-Pandemic Outlook

Grassroots entrepreneurship can make a significant impact on wealth creation at the local level. The Development Alternatives experience shows that opportunity-driven entrepreneurship, steered by a systemic approach - rather than a linear, top down one - can turn villages into constructive communities of economic growth, demand generation and consumption, writes Kanika Verma.


'Systems Change for Entrepreneurship led Job Creation': A discussion

The 'Jobs We Want 2019' plenary session focused on discussing underlying factors that cause complex problems such as job creation and the different ways in which existing interrelations and resources can be leveraged for transforming change in the system. The plenary was envisioned to capture change across sectors and included participation from financial institutions, international organisations, market aggregators and academic institutions. Watch the video to learn more about the systems change approach for entrepreneurship-led job creation with Aloka Majumdar (Head of Corporate Responsibility, HSBC Ltd. India), Gorka Espiau (Senior Fellow, Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies), Nadia Rasheed (Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP), Phumlani Nikontawana (Founding Director, Fauta Africa), Rohtash Mal (Chairman, EM3 Agriservices Pvt. Ltd.), and Shrashtant Patara (Senior Vice President, Development Alternatives Group).

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