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Dr Ashok Khosla (on the right)

Development Alternatives, India

DA (Development Alternatives) is an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) based in New Delhi that has for 34 years been promoting sustainable national development in India to eradicate poverty. This means creating development projects that can be scaled up, are renewable, and result in jobs.

A key to DA’s success has been incubating low-cost innovative rural technologies, from village power generators using biomass, to literacy and capacity building.

DA is the partner and implementation agency for TARA Akshar+, ReadingWise’s flagship literacy program.

The head of DA is Dr Ashok Khosla. He is the former head of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and The Club of Rome. He was awarded the OBE by the UK Government for running their biggest ever anti-poverty project (in which TARA Akshar played a major role.) Read more at

UK Skills Ltd

UK Skills Ltd. is a British not-for-profit company. It partners with ReadingWise International's parent NGO - EEF (Education for Employment Foundation). Together, they focus on delivering:

Vani Ragulan

Vasantham Vision Trust, Sri Lanka

The 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka, which ended in 2009, witnessed the loss of between 80,000 and 100,000 lives, and brought development to a standstill in many parts of Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka. To restart development, people need education and skills.

Vasantham Vision Trust, an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) in Sri Lanka, was formed to carry out education and skills training programs for children and youths in the former Civil War zones. The Trust is determined to help the young people most affected by the war to create a future for themselves.

Vani Ragulan, a Singaporean teacher, runs the Trust's operations.