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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

DDU GKY - A project with the Indian Ministry of Rural Development, EY (Ernst & Young) and the Asian Develolpment Bank

We are working with training centres in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Assam to train young people in spoken English and employability life skills. We are giving them the confidence to do job interviews and get permanent employment in the organised sector.

Education and Employment Foundation and its sister UK company UK Skills Ltd., (a similar not-for-profit) focus on delivering:

  • Training young men and women towards 21st century skills assisting industry cross-sector;
  • Employability and fundamental workplace skills, knowledge and understanding;
  • Programmes to raise numeracy and numerical skills and appreciation amongst students;
  • Spoken English training and English literacy training in partnership with ReadingWise International;
  • Faculty development, teacher training and teaching skills up-gradation across educational institutions;
  • Empowerment of Women programmes;
  • Modern Intelligence measurements using multiple intelligence techniques;
  • Programmes to establish training institutions, and opportunities to manage and upgrade Indian Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).

ReadingWise International is working with EEF in Chhattisgarh State to improve the teaching of English in government schools.

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.

APSWREIS - Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, AP, India
The Society runs 300 schools in Andhra Pradesh. We have worked with the Society to introduce innovative teacher training to the teachers, whereby they learn how to apply modern accelerated learning techniques in their classrooms and move away from old-fashioned inefficient chalk-and-talk teaching.