Most of the rural communities in low-income countries are isolated from the mainstream national economy and suffer numerous deprivations that impact the quality of life of their inhabitants. Poor infrastructure, degraded local natural resources, and inadequate linkage to markets combine to create a poverty trap which village economies usually find difficult to escape. Application of simple packages of processes and practices that promote triple-bottom wellbeing can set rural economies onto a new trajectory of sustainable socio-economic development.

Sector 16

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Advocating for Change: Women's Leadership in Local Governance

To understand the impact of the State Panchayati Raj policies on the lives of rural women, specifically on their participation in local governance, Development Alternatives conducted a study, commissioned by United Nations of Women. With the help of Civil Society Organisations and the State community radios, it was conducted in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan. The study presents the major implications of 73rd Amendment and State specific norms that have been introduced by the State governments under State Panchayati Raj Acts. It not only shows the status of women in Panchayat participation but also captures the ongoing dynamics and scenario in which this impact happens.

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Building Sustainable Communities

Development Alternatives in collaboration with “la Caixa” Foundation conducted an  'Integrated Village Socio-Economic Development in Central India' project. The project aimed to enable the development of progressive and sustainable villages of tomorrow, embodying the three pillars of sustainable development - economic, social, and environmental wellbeing, in Bundelkhand. It envisioned transforming the lives of 600 vulnerable households from three village communities of the Tikamgarh district of Bundelkhand.

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