Development Alternatives Digest
September 2021


Awareness Sessions for Women and Youth on Logistics Sector

DA organised awareness sessions for women and youth, under the WE-LEAD programme in collaboration with DB Schenker. The programme focusses on building sustainable communities with an aim to improve the quality of their lives.

Get in touch with: Tejashwani

Awareness Sessions and Health Workshops for truck drivers, helpers and the community

DA organised Awareness Session and Health Workshop at Mann Dhaba, Sonipat, Haryana, under the Suhana Safar Programme to create awareness among the truck drivers, helpers and community around the area, about Road Safety, WASH, clean food and water during COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...
Get in touch with: Vishakha Mittal

Engineering Faculty Training visit to Urmul Natural Dye cluster in Bhajju, Bikaner, Rajasthan

Indian Micro Enterprise development Foundation (IMEDF) conducted their 3rd cluster visit as part of the training programme on SFURTI scheme, under the guidance of AICTE. The training was attended by 15 faculty members from different Engineering colleges and institutes of Rajasthan. Read More...
Get in touch with: Satadru Saha

OECD SILK Peer Learning Session conducted by DIESIS Network

A virtual session on OECD SILK Peer Learning Session was conducted by DIESIS Network on 31 August 2021. Kanika Verma from DA participated in the session and shared the case study on the Internationalisation of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) practices of DA, particularly the technology and knowledge transfer for collaborative action. Read More...
Get in touch with: Shivankar Mohan

Webinar Series: Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development and Role of Citizens

The 8th and 9th sessions of the Webinar Series on "Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development and Role of Citizens" was conducted in the month of September. The 8th session focused on 'Udaipur Urban Vision: Conservation of Water Bodies' and the 9th session focused on 'Udaipur Water Supply Management: Issues and Challenges'. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tanya Issar

DA Changemaker Program 2021: Padhegi woh toh Badhenge Hum

DA Changemaker Program 2021 is an initiative by the flagship programme TARAAkshar+ by Development Alternatives. It aims to work with individuals who can advocate and raise funds for rural women in order to enhance their sphere of literacy and livelihood opportunities.

Get in touch with: Tejashwani


Bringing Life Back to Lifeline

Rivers are vital to a thriving environment. The burbling sounds of these waterways offer the precious gift from Mother Nature -the gift of fertile soil, biological diversity, and prosperous human civilisation. But today, these rivers have been contaminated with plastic litter. One such river is Ganga. It is one of the world's most polluted rivers which carry plastic in the ocean. We have launched a Photo book on our initiatives to Combat Plastic Litter from River Ganga in Haridwar and Prayagraj. The book "Bringing Back Life to Our Lifeline", captures an emotional and poetic journey of the river, highlighting its significance and reasons for its deplorable state. Enjoy the view!

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.

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.


South-South Cooperation and its relevance to partnerships

India has a long history of cooperation with nations of the global South. The main aim is to help them become self-reliant. Thus the focus has been to build capacities, enhance skills, and transfer technologies. In this article Dr. Soumen Maity, writes about how Development Alternatives has been in the forefront of South-South Cooperation for three decades, with focus on transfer of technology, for example, of the energy-efficient brick firing process.


Protecting our Lifeline River Ganga

Rivers holds the capacity to transform an ecosystem, economy and environment. But they have been facing decades of neglect. The increasing plastic leakage in rivers has harmed them more than anything. We have made a commitment to combat increasing plastic litter to help our rivers breathe again.
Watch the video that highlights our initiatives in the cities of Haridwar and Prayagraj in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh respectively, to challenge the plastic being leaked into the river by directly engaging with a variety of stakeholders including government officials, faith-based institutions, civil society organisations, volunteer groups and academicians.

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