From Ajit Saxena, UNDP, New Delhi
Posted 26 April 2007
While working as an engineer in the water and sanitation (watsan) projects in Madhya Pradesh, I have seen that successful implementation of watsan programmes depends on balanced use of both software and hardware components. Thus, in addition to successful behaviour change communications, hardware support for implementation of watsan programmes is crucial. This ideally includes low cost construction material such as toilet pans, pit covers, squatting plates, drains, and material for superstructure.
From Vimala Ramachandran, ERU Consultants Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
Posted 16 January 2009
I am Vimala Ramachandran working with the Educational Resource Unit at ERU Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
My colleagues - Bharat K. Patni and Nishi Mehrotra - and I are working on a field-based study to explore the inter-linkages between water, sanitation and school participation, with specific reference to adolescent girls. We are conducting this study for UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia and UNICEF India Office. We plan to commence our fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh in February 2009.
Original Query: Meeta Jaruhar, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Jharkhand
Posted 30 August 2006
The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Jharkhand is implementing the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), of which Sanitation in Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) is an important component. As we all know, AWC is a centre where children below 6 years, Anganwadi workers and also sometime members of Mahila Mandal gathers. Therefore, to start appropriate sanitation behaviour we are planning to have toilet facilities in these centres.
From Aniruddhe Mukerjee, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal
Posted 21 May 2007
I used to work for the UN-HABITAT on the Water for Asian Cities Programme, which aims to support developing countries in Asia and Pacific to achieve sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation for the poor, particularly in urban areas. In Madhya Pradesh, the programme is working in four cities of the state, viz. Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore and Jabalpur for improvement and expansion of urban water supply, sewerage and sanitation, water drainage and solid waste management.
From R. K. Anil, Endogenous Tourism, UNDP, New Delhi
Posted 21 February 2007
UNDP is implementing the Endogenous Tourism Project (ETP) in 36 villages spread over 20 states across the country, in collaboration with Government of India. The objective of this project is to provide sustainable livelihoods to communities in rural areas through tourism based on art, craft, and natural endowment. The project is being implemented in the field through grassroots NGOs and Panchayats.
From Lizette Burgers, UNICEF, New Delhi
Posted 20 October 2008
The South Asia Conferences on Sanitation (SACOSAN) are high-powered regional ministerial conferences that discuss sanitation. They help develop a regional agenda on sanitation, enable learning from experiences and plans for the future. The objectives are to accelerate sanitation and hygiene coverage, and enhance peoples’ quality of life in keeping with the Millennium Development Goals and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, 1992. Till date, two conferences have been held at Bangladesh (2003) and Pakistan (2006).
From Benny George, Department of Drinking Water Supply, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, New Delhi
Posted 19 July 2007
I work as a Consultant (Monitoring and Evaluation) with the Department of Drinking Water Supply, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. As you are aware, the Department is implementing a number of programmes for ensuring the supply of safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities in rural areas of India. According to the latest estimates, sanitation coverage in India has reached 44 per cent. Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), implemented by the Department, aims to achieve full sanitation coverage by 2012, well ahead of the targets set under MDG 7. The Nirmal Gram Puraskar has given a fillip to achieving open defecation free status and some states like Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura are on the verge of achieving full sanitation coverage.
Original Query: Prema Gera, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), New Delhi
Posted: 22 November 2005
UNDP has been supporting NGOs working in the area of community-based water resources management for some years now. The local communities comprising self-help groups, community-based organisations, water-users groups and federations have been experiencing a range of conflicts over water use both within communities as well as with external stakeholders in the area.
Original Query: Sheldon Mendonca, Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), Ahmednagar
Posted: 28 June 2006
I work with the renewable energy department recently formed by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR). WOTR is looking to use renewable energy technologies to attempt solving the energy problems faced by communities in rural Maharashtra.
In this context, I would be grateful, if members of the community can share with me:
Original Query: Nidhi Prabha Tewari, Sanket Information & Research Agency, New Delhi
Posted on: 6th July 2005
I am part of a professional group, which provides inputs on developmental issues to the Member of Parliament from East Delhi. This query is related to solid waste management in the constituency.