Homestay with a difference in Sarmoli

Even as villages offering home-stays become increasingly common in the Himalaya, there are some that are different. Sarmoli, located on the slopes above Munsiari town in Uttarakhand, offers an experience that few others can. Sitting on the balcony of a …


Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties

The official Rio+20 outcome was – somewhat predictably – a bit of a disappointment. However, the real seeds of progress were sown on the sidelines. A number of events at the People’s Summit held the promise of effective citizens’ action …


The Timbaktu Revolution


Located in the Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh, close to the town of Penukonda, the Timbaktu Collective is an initiative to empower villagers (particularly the poorest amongst them) to take charge of their own future. And the future of their …


UN Panel on Global Sustainability

In August 2010, the U.N. Secretary General set up a “High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability,” to formulate a “new vision for sustainable growth and prosperity” for the world. Co-chaired by the Presidents of Finland and South Africa, the panel submitted …


Jharcraft: crafts in Central India

Sikandar’s village Upar Konki in Jharkhand is one of several settlements that are challenging two “development” dogmas: that one needs large-scale industrialisation to provide employment, and that rural-urban migration is inevitable. How are they doing it? With a little bit …


RED Treaty

People’s Sustainability Treaty on Radical Ecological Democracy

What its origin is: built on grassroots experiences in India and elsewhere, that provide alternatives to the currently unsustainable and inequitable ‘development’ process; linked to the PST treaties a few months before …

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