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Over 2011, natural disasters caused all-time-high global economic losses of US$380bn, easily surpassing the previous record of $220bn set in 2005. While the most expensive losses were due to the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, weather-related catastrophes, many linked to La Niña, were numerous and widespread: a major drought in East Africa, a glut […]
DEF’s Presence at ICTs, Climate Change and Development (ICCD) Workshop The Founder & Director of Digital Empowerment Foundation, Mr. Osama Manzar participated at the ICTs, Climate Change and Development (ICCD) workshop held on 23-24 January, 2012. The workshop was hosted by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the University of Manchester, funded by Canada’s […]
The impact of the watershed programmes have not only resulted in ecological restoration but also yielded economic returns for the communities. In village Bagroda of Bhopal district, the watershed mission initiated work in 2006, covering a total area of 1,275 hectares with a project cost of 65.03 lacs. In the four years of the project, […]
We were standing at the edge of the johad in Narayanpur, which was full of water. It was a hot day in the month of April, long after the monsoon season, when many small water harvesting structures become empty. But this johad was providing the residents of Narayanpur sweet water throughout the year. Narayanpur is […]
More than seven million people rely on agriculture and animal husbandry in the Marwar region of the Western Indian state of Rajasthan, one of the worlds’ most densely populated deserts. Water is a scarce resource for the villages in the region, many of which do not have even a single source of safe drinking water […]
The village Hamirpur in block Datia of Datia district, Madhya Pradesh with a population of 641, majority of whom belong to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, falls in Bundelkhand region and faces acute shortage of water and regular drought like situation due to erratic rainfall pattern. Overall rainy days have gone down, from 100 days […]
Two years ago Manogaran, the tea maker and supervisor of the Kaikatty Tea Industrial Cooperative Society, in the Nilgiri hills in South India was a worried man. Employed at the cooperative for over 30 years, he had known no other job and was worried about rumours that the cooperative would shut down amid rising losses. […]
The Centre for Appropriate Technology and Livelihood Skills (CATALIS) has undertaken a micro-enterprise initiative for providing sustainable lighting solutions for rural communities, through solar lighting devices. Involving rural women in these initiatives has proved to be an effective and sustainable means of ensuring the success of the programme. CATALIS initiated a ‘3 M’ approach viz. […]
Kottapalayam is an example of what could be duplicated in many Indian villages for many projects involving public good. A collaboration of an NGO, a private company and local and state governments made this happen. Murugamma had gone to Coimbatore and returned to Kottapalayam at night by the last bus. She walked home briskly. Upon […]
Banganga is a village in Viratnagar block, Rajasthan. The village has witnessed immense underground water harvesting and massive deforestation. Hundreds of acres of land remains barren, leading to reduced rainfall in the region. The people in Banganga village are dependent on agriculture. Electricity is not available in the village although the grid connection reached long […]
Mahtabera is a small village in rural Jharkhand. The state is mostly inhabited by tribal people who earn their livelihood through farming and cattle rearing. Other sources of livelihood include agarbatti making, leaf plate and bowl making, collecting and sorting wild medicinal herbs and other domestic activities. Electricity has not reached the village as yet. […]
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