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Development Alternatives (New Delhi, India)

Development Alternatives

New Delhi, India


Mission Statement

To create sustainable livelihoods in large numbers.

Issue Areas – Action Issues

Ever since its inception in 1982, Development Alternatives (DA) has acted as a research and action organisation, designing and delivering eco-solutions for the poor and the marginalised.

With a deep understanding of the rural market and a strong presence in the Indian heartland, its existence has been a credible and visible one – nationally and internationally – in addressing poverty challenges in a climate-sensitive environment.

A pioneer in sustainable development and the first social enterprise in India, DA realised the necessity of establishing several associated organisations working toward distinct goals that converge on the unified ambition of regenerating the environment and creating large-scale sustainable livelihoods.

Thus, a conglomerate called Development Alternatives Group was set up, comprising five organisations. The non-profit Societies, such as the flagship entity Development Alternatives and TARA (Technology and Action for Rural Advancement) are responsible for research, innovation, policy, incubation of green businesses and technical support services. The for-profit companies, such as DESI Power, TARA Machines and TARA Enviro are responsible for implementing the work of the DA Group at scale in business mode, all under the overall brand name of TARA.

Student Name and Class Year: Nick Martin, MS ’13

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If you are interested in getting in touch with this student/alum, please contact Caroline Ramaley, [email protected]

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