Development Alternatives Digest
October 2022
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Clay Feasibility Study for Siam City Cement (Lanka)

We visited Sri Lanka to conduct a clay feasibility study for producing Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) in the country. For this, we sampled clay and assessed the feasibility of clay mining in the existing cement plants in the region. Read More...
Get in touch with: S Abinash

Roundtable on Rural Entrepreneurship in UP

We, along with Transform Rural India Foundation, conducted a workshop in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP) on 14 October, 2022 to discuss rural entrepreneurship and accelerate it in Basti, Lakhimpur Kheri, Bahraich, Jhansi, Bhadhohi, and Mirzapur. Read More...
Get in touch with: Debasis Ray

IMEDF Clusters Participate in SFURTI Mela

In the first ever Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) Mela organised by Ministry of MSME in New Delhi on 1–15 October, 2022, our four Indian Micro Enterprises Development Foundation (IMEDF) clusters participated. Read More...
Get in touch with: Rashika Sharma

Assessing Credit Needs of Micro-enterprises in UP

We, along with Rang De's team, conducted field visits in Bankati and Nighasan, Uttar Pradesh on 12 and 13 October, 2022 to assess existing financial interventions and explore opportunities to design persona-based credit prototypes for micro-entrepreneurs. Read More...
Get in touch with: Muskan Chawla

Assessing Water Contamination Problem in UP

Recently, we conducted a survey in 22 villages of Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh under a Government of India-led project on fluoride-less drinking water, to assess the implications of high fluoride in the groundwater of the region. Read More...
Get in touch with: Aparna Upadhyay

Training of Primary School Teachers in UP

Recently, under the Holistic Rural Initiative for Development Action and Yield project, we organised teachers training in primary schools in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh to enhance the quality of education in government schools. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ekta Kashyap

Celebrating Creativity among Children in Sonbhadra

We organised Bal Melas in schools of Kota and Doomar in the Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh on 23 and 24 September, 2022, as part of the Holistic Rural Initiative for Development Action and Yield project.

Get in touch with: Ekta Kashyap

Our 40th Annual Day and Deepawali Celebrations

Recently, we celebrated our 40th Annual Day and the auspicious occasion of Deepawali at our headquarters in New Delhi with the objective to celebrate the long journey that the organisation has successfully undertaken.

Get in touch with: Karminder Malhotra

DA Participates in RSETI 2.0 Workshop

At the Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) 2.0 workshop, held on 18 October, 2022 in Delhi, Kanika Verma, Development Alternatives Group (DA Group), presented on Work4Progress: Micro-movements of Inclusive Entrepreneurship. Read More...
Get in touch with: Suneptula S Jamir


Fostering Resource Circularity and Efficiency in the Management of Urban Water Systems in India

This issue brief is based on the studies on water flow assessments and water-energy nexus in tier II Indian cities. The brief reflects on the potential of resource circularity in urban water systems while enhancing efficiency, equity, and resilience of urban water systems by adopting Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) and accommodating decentralised and nature-based solutions in municipal systems.

Assam Urban Affordable Housing and Habitat Policy

The purpose of this study was to review the trends of urbanisation and affordable housing demand and supply in the state and identify key issues in the implementation of affordable housing policies and projects. This is expected to guide the identification and formulation of policy alternatives for Assam.

Understanding Sustainable Material Use in Social Housing in Urban India

This policy brief highlights the good practices that have been adopted by the Kerala Housing Board for ensuring eco-friendly and affordable housing projects. It makes recommendations for up-scaling of these sustainable practices to be mainstreamed into affordable housing projects across India.


Needed … a Science–Policy–Community Interface for Better Integration of Nature within Human Settlements

Nature-based Solutions and Blue-Green Infrastructure have been identified as a potential game-changing strategy for the green recovery and green growth of cities. In this article, Ms Zeenat Niazi, Chief Knowledge Officer, Development Alternatives (DA) and Senior Vice President, DA Group expounds that it is imperative while designing such solutions, systems and structures for receiving and responding to feedback of ecological and social (including economic, institutional, and technological) shifts at local, regional, and global levels should be created.


Sustainable Alternatives to Meet Growing Housing Demand

The urban housing shortage in India is currently estimated at 18.78 million and more than 95% of which pertains to low-income groups. In addition, the housing sector is, by definition, an energy- and resource-intensive sector, leading to a large environmental burden on the Earth's natural resources. This video highlights the need for more sustainable options to meet the housing demand, as well as conserve our natural resources.


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