Department for International Development

“Water: An increasingly precious resource Sanitation: A matter of dignity”, have been developed and published by Department for International Development in 2008, is policy report highlights the priorities for tackling water and sanitation issues.

Water India Slums

“ARE THEY BEING SERVED?” written by Dr. Sita Sekhar, Dr. Meena Nair and Venugopal Reddy published in 2005 by the Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA) and Public Affairs Centre (PAC) with support from the WaterAid India, is citizen report card on public services for the poor in peri-urban areas of Bangalore.

Manual Scavenging: Burden of Inheritance

“Burden of Inheritance” published in October 2009 by WaterAid India, report is an outcome to understand the complex and shameful practice of manual scavenging which unfortunately still exists in our country.

This report tries to seek answers to the question: Why have we not been able to eradicate manual scavenging? To get to the bottom of this scourge, the report has first explored the question: why are people continuing in this occupation despite availability of other dignified livelihood sources? Why is manual scavenging in practice in towns and cities where other cleaner options for survival exist? When there are feasible and viable technological alternatives to dry toilets, one of the drivers of this occupation, why does the practice continue?

Turning Slums Around

"Turning slums around: The case for water and sanitation ", written by Timeyin Uwejamomere and published in October 2008 by WaterAid, is a  research presents that sanitation and water improvements have always been at the forefront of progressive city authorities and national health, environmental and economic gains.

This paper takes the broader view that slum conditions also affect other groups of urban poor without access to public facilities – small vendors in market places, pavement dwellers, street children and the relatively invisible small town residents etc –, so the term slum is not restricted to those living in the slums.

Sanitation for All - Still a Long Way to Go

“Sanitation for All - Still a Long Way to Go” position paper for the Second South Asia Conference on Sanitation, Pakistan, September 2006 prepared by WaterAid India and Partner NGOs highlights the progress, key issues and challenges and recommendations for improving sanitation coverage with special focus on the poor. It is based on the experience of WaterAid India, other major sector agencies and NGOs and also takes into consideration the programme of state and national governments of India for sanitation promotion.

Drinking Water and Sanitation Status in India

This report is being released on the World Water Day 2005 by WaterAid India that with the expectation this work will facilitate a prioritisation of actions needed to address critical gaps in the water and sanitation sector in India. This also presents the water and sanitation (WATSAN) situation in India, assessing both the coverage and financing situation.

Counting the cost

A “Counting the cost” present about the poor progress in the sanitation sector has serious health implications for South Asia. According to the study 2.5 billion people worldwide live without access to adequate sanitation, one billion in South Asia. Globally, 1.2 billion people practice open defecation, two thirds – 778 million – in South Asia. In Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, poor sanitation now stands as a major obstacle in the fight to reduce child mortality.

Absence of proper sanitation is affecting women's lives

The article titled, “Sanitation: The hidden gender problem” written by Sakuntala Narasimhan, a senior journalist based in Bangalore in July 2002 highlights that  due to the absence of proper sanitation is affecting women's lives.

A report on the assessment of drinking water supply and sanitation in India

This report on the assessment of drinking water supply and sanitation in India is the result of a collaborative exercise between the Planning Commission of India, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as part of a joint monitoring programme (JMP) for the sector. This country-level report in India comes in the wake of the four global assessments (reports published in 1991, 1993, 1996, and 2000) completed through the JMP process.

Clean water and sanitation can make or break human development

"Clean water and sanitation can make or break human development."... read about the drinking water and sanitation scenario across the world in the “Human Development Report 2006' Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis”. The HDR 2006 is an independent report commissioned by the UNDP for to assess the level of people's long-term well-being.

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