Development Alternatives Digest
October 2021


An Interactive Session on Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in the Design of Nature-Based Solution

Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) project of Oxfam along with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other partners organised an event during World Water Week 2021 to highlight the lessons learnt from some of the Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and to identify potential opportunities to scale up such approaches at various levels. Read More...
Get in touch with: Gitika Goswami

Webinar Series: 'Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development'

The 10th session of the Webinar series "Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development and the Role of Citizens" was conducted on 8 October 2021. This webinar built the case for Systems Approach and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) as ways to engage citizens for sustainable development of water resources in Udaipur. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tanya Issar

13 Saal, Bemisal – Radio Bundelkhand celebrates
13 years

Radio Bundelkhand, the first community radio station in Madhya Pradesh, was started on 23rd October 2008. Operated by Development Alternatives in Niwari District of Bundelkhand Region, Today it broadcasts 11 hours in a day from TARAgram Orchha. It reaches to the community living a 15km radius from the area.

Get in touch with: Vineeta Khatri

Padhegi Woh Toh Badhenge Hum Campaign

Development Alternatives launched a 21 days campaign, 'Padhegi Woh toh Badhenge Hum' in collaboration with NDTV, On 11 October 2021. The campaign aimed to raise funds and generate support to make 5 million women literate by 2025. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tejashwani

Centre Inauguration and Graduation Ceremony

Development Alternatives is delighted to resume the training centre in Jaipur in the new phase of skills to livelihood project. It aims to create models that generate sustainable livelihoods in large numbers which species focus on women and youth. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ekta Kashyap

The GIZ MIERA Phase 3 Project in Malawi

Piloted by GIZ Malawi, TARA (DA Group) as a technology partner has been leading the More Income and Employment in Rural Areas (MIERA) project in the Sub-Saharan country of Malawi working actively with the local stakeholders. Read More...
Get in touch with: Debojyoti Basuroy


Indian case study on 'Integrating Natural Capital into Government Post-COVID Economic Decision-Making and Economic Recovery'

The COVID-19 pandemic created a wide-scale detrimental impact on the economy and society worldwide. The repercussions made developing nations like India more vulnerable and limited their population’s possibilities for attaining economic growth and development. It has been found that restoring ecosystems and biological species enables creation of new jobs and livelihoods, generates revenue, and strengthens the adaptive capacity of the economy and society. Hence, governments can boost the economy and improve economic resilience by investing in natural capital. In this context, Development Alternatives assessed selected post-COVID policies of the Government of India to understand the extent of the incorporation of natural capital elements in decision making.

Mainstreaming Material Flow Assessment to Enhance Resource Efficiency of Construction Sector in India

This policy brief is based on a study on Analysing Resource Flows in Indian Cities (with a focus on the Construction Sector), undertaken as part of European Union's Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) in India. The policy brief focuses on resource flows in the construction sector in two cities – Ahmedabad and Bhubaneswar and points to possible actions that may be taken at the city level for reducing virgin resources consumed by the sector through utilisation of secondary resources. In this brief priority areas for policy-action at the city level have been identified for resource efficiency of the construction sector.

Economics of Land Degradation

This report encapsulates the costs and benefits of the programmes implemented by Development Alternatives by applying ELD methodology in three districts of Bundelkhand. The assessments looked into natural, social and human capital based on multiple indicators. The report highlights the differences in performances of different forms of capitals across intervention and control villages for the selected time period (2013- 2018). The findings reflected that land use changes have taken place in the study area during this period. Major improvements in agriculture were reported.


The Doughnut is a Double Circle: Solutions for People and Nature

The concept of circular economy can not only help us lessen the environmental impact but also lead to thriving local economies. To find a way out of the resource and the climate crisis, we will have to turn to Gandhian solutions and scale down, writes Zeenat Niazi, Senior Vice President.
In this blog she talks about how we are leveraging the strengths of local green businesses that manufacture resource efficient, recyclable building materials, deliver green energy, water and waste management services and create jobs and drive local economy growth.


Padhegi Woh Toh Badhenge Hum-An effort for literacy and women empowerment.

Development alternatives and NDTV started a unique campaign for literacy and empowerment of women- Padhegi Woh Toh Badhenge Hum.
The campaign aimed to raise funds to make 5 million women literate by 2025. Supported by leader advocates like Ms. Nishtha Satyam, Ms. Soma Wadhwa, Ms. Kanika Pal and Mr. Rahul Bose, the campaign aimed to highlight the impact DA's TARA Akshar+ programme has had on the lives of women in rural India.
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