Shahnawaz Alam
Shahnawaz Alam, a development professional, is Coordinator for Drinking Water and Sanitation program of the Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives
January 19, 2018
Reviving the traditional practice of keeping water on a raised platform and tilting it to take water prevents contamination. (Photo by Shahnawaz Alam)

Santhal tribes revive tradition for safe drinking water

By reverting to the traditional practice of keeping water pots in a garsadi, a raised platform, villagers in Jharkhand have successfully prevented contamination of drinking water, improving health in households

January 17, 2018
Will children growing up in rural India be able to fly like a kite or will they forever live like a grasshopper? (Photo by Thaths)

Does rural India have a level field for opportunities and aspirations?

Unless children growing up in India’s villages have access to equality of opportunity in its broadest sense, it is unlikely that they will ever be able to soar like a kite but will be condemned to live the life of a grasshopper

January 15, 2018
Mangrove crab farming has emerged as a lucrative option for Sindhudurg fishing communities. (Photo by Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India)

Fishers successfully farm crabs in estuaries, protect mangroves

Many coastal communities in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district have turned protectors of mangroves because they are earning supplementary incomes by farming crabs in estuaries with help from the state government and development agencies

January 12, 2018
Farmers from Dhulikhel area are actively using Jhol Mol that has improved their crop productivity. (Photo by Nivedita Khandekar)

Nepal’s organic manure could work wonders for Indian farmers

Nepal’s traditional bio-pesticide and fertilizer Jhol Mol is suited for many smallholder Indian farmers as well, as it can be easily made in a farm without resorting to artificial chemicals that are harmful for soil health