Development Alternatives Digest
January 2023
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DA Positions Sufficiency and Efficiency in Think20

Development Alternatives (DA) joined the first formal convening of the Think20 under India's G20 Presidency in New Delhi. DA had earlier in January responded to the Call for Policy Brief Abstract with five submissions in collaboration with the global partners. Read More...
Get in touch with: Saundharaya Khanna

Youth Entrepreneurship: Micromovements of Change

Development Alternatives hosted a session at the Livelihoods India Summit 2022, New Delhi on 19 January, 2023, wherein it led the conversation on 'Youth Entrepreneurship: Driving Micromovements of Change'. Read More...
Get in touch with: Suneptula S Jamir

DA Joins National Start-up Day Event in Delhi

During the event on 'Empowering Grassroot Startups for Sustainable Development', Dr Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives highlighted that creating jobs requires social capital and this support needs to come from the ecosystem. Read More...
Get in touch with: Muskan Chawla

udyaME Partners with Students from Yale University

DA and Indian Micro Enterprises Development Foundation (IMEDF) hosted a cohort from Yale School of Management who are building a comprehensive feedback mechanism for udyaME in understanding the needs of entrepreneurs and developing products in real time. Read More...
Get in touch with: Debasis Ray

Technology Mela for Fish and Poultry Farming

To spread awareness among entrepreneurs about the use of innovative technologies in integrated fisheries and poultry farming to increase productivity, we, along with our partners, recently organised a mela in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. Read More...
Get in touch with: Rajeev Kumar

Behaviour Analysis of Truck Drivers Conducted

During the eighth phase of the MAERSK Suhana Safar Programme, a survey was conducted, involving 197 truck drivers and helpers, to evaluate their behaviour related to road safety practices and necessary lifestyle adjustments for their better conditions. Read More...
Get in touch with: Shaurya Garg

Workshop on Ecological Health Monitoring

Recently, DA jointly conducted a workshop with Vidya Bhawan Polytechnic in Udaipur with a broader focus on participatory learning and knowledge sharing through the Citizen Science approach. Read More...
Get in touch with: Tanya Issar

Exposure Visit of Farmers and Jal Samiti Members

A two days exposure visit was organised for Farmers Interest Groups and Jal Samiti members. These groups are formed by DA and the exposure visit was a part of their training and capacity building. Read More...
Get in touch with: Ekta Kashyap

Session on Financial Literacy and Schemes

Building upon its green economic transition work with the fly ash brick entrepreneurs, DA organised a training-cum-consultation session on financing for such enterprises along with partners in Darbhanga, Bihar. Read More...
Get in touch with: Saundharaya Khanna


Between the Lines

The Work4Progress programme aims to create a culture of entrepreneurship in rural communities of India. Central to the programme’s journey are the youth, men, and women entrepreneurs who are the job creators and change makers. Each of them has a unique story to tell. Their 'stories of change' and spirit of entrepreneurship inspire and guide all those who encounter them – creating positive shifts in local narratives. ‘Between the Lines’ encapsulates the journey of some of these entrepreneurs.

Micromovements of Change: A Series of Social Innovation Prototypes

A series introducing seven Systemic Prototypes innovated and co-created by DA with the community. These prototypes are driving shifts in the system towards entrepreneurship-led job creation at the grassroots level.

Building Sustainable Communities

This photobook takes you through the journey of the 'Integrated Village Socio-Economic Development in Central India' project, undertaken as a joint initiative between Development Alternatives and "la Caixa" Banking Foundation. The project was undertaken to enable the development of progressive and sustainable villages that embody the three pillars of sustainable development - economic, social, and environmental wellbeing in Bundelkhand. This project envisioned transforming the lives of 600 vulnerable households from three village communities of the Tikamgarh district of Bundelkhand.


To Achieve Optimum Balance, Development Planning Must Aim To Be Nature & People Centric

In conversation with Outlook India, Ms Zeenat Niazi, Senior Vice President & Chief Knowledge Officer, Development Alternatives Group talks of her experiences and learnings in the development sector, how planning and policy has changed over the decades, and outlines the actions and approaches that need to be followed by stakeholders at every level, so that sustainability can be achieved across the board. Read more...


Greening India's Growth through Alternative Technologies

India, among the fastest economies, is slated to become the second largest by 2050. The future economic growth also poses the challenge of the availability of natural resources and of pursuing development without degrading the environment. In this blog, Dr. Soumen Maity highlights four recently developed technologies that can provide an example to enterprises in defining eco-friendly ways of doing business and increasing the life of natural materials. Read more...


Micromovements of Change | Sachin Srivastava | Custom Printing Enterprise | DA | Work4Progress

Around 46% of the youth in India never recovered from job loss during the Covid-19 pandemic. Sachin Srivastava, 23, is leveraging the power of e-commerce to scale his business from a small village in Bundelkhand to all around the world. Sachin is scaling his business through four e-commerce platforms, including Amazon, Meesho, Flipkart, and Etsy. Through the power of #SAMUDYAM or #InclusiveEntrepreneurship, Development Alternatives is enabling many more such as Sachin to access entrepreneurship opportunities and create everyday micromovements of change.


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