Alternative Development Initiatives (ADI) is founded with a purpose, concern, objective and perspective. ADI is a group of professionals working for water resource management and need based sustainable livelihood promotion. The group of professionals are drawn from premier institutes around the world had made seminal contribution in the development sector virtually in every State of Republic of India and various other places globally. Our trans-disciplinary team has a sound academic background with expertise in the social, management, ecological, environmental sciences, engineering and Information Technology. ADI has extensive experience in working across diverse public systems, cultures and organizational frameworks at various levels.

ADI builds active partnerships with Government, Civil Society Organisations, Bilateral and Multilateral agencies, Corporate sector, Educational Institutions and all concerned stakeholders in National and International arena, and is addressing the problems of community through people-centered, sustainable and need-based approach. ADI through its initiatives is making a significant difference for promoting and nurturing sustainable growth, social development and good governance.

ADI through its efforts in last more than one and half decades have developed wide development network all over India working on water resource management, natural resource management, livelihood promotion, agriculture development, organisational development, community empowerment issues and social risk management of development projects. Our involvement is from the very participatory planning, conceptualization, designing, facilitating the implementation process, capacity building, handling responsibility to the community while building institutions around the programme.

Today, ADI in its Community Action Projects is working with more than 100,000 poor people. In Development Consultancy role, ADI is instrumental in evolving long term issue-based and comprehensive strategies for deprived regions in various States. ADI is involved in evolving water conservation and management strategies for the Corporate Sector and State Governments and taking up water audits and water risk assessments. In various projects, we are involved in building capacities of communities, women and various forms of groups and institutions for sustainable development of the area. We had been working in more than 20 States across India.

ADI while working under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is building partnership with Corporate Sector in evolving and strengthening issues pertaining to water resource development and management and sustainable development of the area. We identify, design and implement projects relevant to the business and social context. While partnering with Corporate Houses, ADI has pioneered several major initiatives to replenish water in communities. ADI is partnering in planning, facilitating implementation and monitoring the impact of Sustainable Water Resource Development & Management (SWRDM) projects in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Punjab and many other States. The SWRDM initiative is benefitting around 60,000 people and created potential to recharge more than 6000 million litres of water every year.

While working in Development Consultancy role, ADI is evolving water replenishment strategies and taking up water audits and water risk assessments for various Corporate Houses across India. More than 20 States have been covered till now. We have been communicating with varied stakeholders across globe in order to create awareness and address the issue of large scale acceptance and replication of the model and processes.

ADI’s presence today is all over India and has plans to expand in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. We have a team of over 50 multi-disciplinary professionals with varied academic and sectoral background. Our network comprises more than 150 senior development professionals, field practitioners and organisations.

ADI while getting involved in strategic planning, capacity building, facilitating implementation, evaluations, research and evolving diverse institutional mechanisms aims to enhance and support Regional and National capabilities.


ADI is devoted to support, promote and nurture sustainable growth, social development and good governance for the empowerment of communities and institutions through collaborative action.

We strive to anchor interventions to promote resource management and sustainable livelihoods within communities in an integrated manner through creation and dissemination of national and international knowledge network and providing financial, technical and institutional support.

We through our action commit to empower most vulnerable communities to have an access to safe water and ensure livelihoods while creating sustainable and healthy environment.

The base of our strategy and initiative thrust is built on issues, concerns, conviction and focus on basic orientation, sustainability, understanding of poverty, empowerment, solidarity values, approaches; knowledge, and learning. Systemic empowerment and human qualities form the pillar of our evolved processes. We accomplish our mission and vision by:

  • Collaborating with Government, Local, National and International resource institutions, Bilateral and Multilateral agencies, Donors, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and Corporate Sector and establish effective partnership and alliances
  • Building long-term partnerships with Corporate sector in evolving, strengthening and facilitating implementation of water replenishment strategies, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategies
  • Focusing on People-centered, need based, integrated approach to development
  • Designing and introducing innovative approaches and focus on processes and mechanisms to address the need
  • Demonstrating effective and significant impact by facilitating large scale direct action projects
  • Training and capacity building at all levels
  • Monitoring & Evaluation, our own projects and external projects
  • Revitalizing institutions, systems, bureaucracies and communities
  • Promoting new institutions and evolving diverse organizational structures to manage the complex and numerous tasks of the intervention
  • Influencing policy change through research, advocacy and information dissemination
  • Stressing on cost-effective, replicable and sustainable systems
  • everaging and mobilizing resources

ADI promotes institutions, systems, processes and mechanisms that bring socio-economic growth.

Therefore, the organisation envisages to bring about people centered development by

  • Fostering institutional linkages
  • Technology transfer
  • Technological innovation and experiments
  • Demonstrate new ideas
  • Promote new approaches
  • Mobilize resources
  • Demystify concepts and technologies
  • Mediate to bring about collaboration, and
  • Impart skills and foster conditions for reflection and learning

Application of collaborative approaches, gender sensitivity and practical ideas to address the concerns of communities characterises our approach.

Decentralisation, Entrepreneurial skills and Experimental/ opportunity window would cut across various themes.

The basic thrust of all interventions seeks to provide holistic development framework with an integrated approach to the management of resources.


ADI facilitates the process of mutual learning and sharing by forging active collaboration with Government, Multilateral and Bilateral Agencies, Donors & Civil Society Organisations, Corporate Sector and Indian Financial Institutions. ADI partners with these organisations to catalyse lasting change and expand the capabilities of people and institutions. ADI believes in working together with organisations that have a shared vision, goals, values and interests. In the course of their respective careers, the promoters of ADI have worked for a wide range of institutions.

Central and State Government Agencies

Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment (MoRAE)
Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD)
Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF)
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Various Departments, Development Administration & Bodies of the State Governments across India

Corporate Sector

PepsiCo India
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Nippon Koei Co. Ltd., Japan
DCM Engineering Limited
Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited
Rural Partnership Ltd., UK
Feedback Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
Environment Resource Management (ERM), India

Bilateral and Multilateral Agencies

Department for International Development (DFID)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
The World Bank

Externally Aided Projects

Indo German Watershed Development Programme (IGWDP), Maharashtra
Strengthening Rural Development Programme (SRDP), West Bengal
The District Poverty Initiatives Project (DPIP), Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihood Project (MPRLP)
UP Natural Resources Management and Poverty Alleviation Project
Crop Diversification Promotion Project, Himachal Pradesh
Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OFSDP)

Donors & Other Institutions

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)
Child Relief & You (CRY)
Community Aid Abroad (Australia)
India Canada Environment Facility (ICEF)
Indo-German Social Service Society (IGSSS)
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow
International Development Enterprises (IDE)
NR Management Consultants India Pvt. Ltd (NRMC)
SPEF, Canadian High Commission
Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)

Geographical Presence