Swachh Bharat cities: What the parameters of cleanliness are. India Today, May 2018.
Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri released Swachh Survekshan 2018, the Modi government’s cleanliness and sanitation survey report.
While Jharkhand emerged as the best-performing state in terms of cleanliness, Indore in Madhya Pradesh was adjudged the cleanest city in the country, according to the survey released yesterday.
Swachh Survekshan – a survey conducted to rank cities on various sanitation and cleanliness parameters – was launched in 2016. It was conducted among 73 top cities of India.
It was followed by Swachh Survekshan 2017 that covered 434 cities.
The third round of Swachh Survekshan was conducted in January and February, covering all 4041 statutory towns in India.
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The IHUWASH Accelerator India program identifies and supports high-impact WASH business innovations to work with the city governments of Faridabad, Udaipur and Mysuru to solve pressing urban WASH problems. Submissions should focus on one or more of the following urban WASH innovations:
- Safe drinking water
- Last-mile water distribution
- Recovering water supply costs
- Decentralised and improved sanitation solutions
- Improving public/community toilets
- Sustainable faecal waste treatment
- Hygiene behaviour change
Benefits for the selected innovations include opportunities to:
- Roll out small-scale pilots that demonstrate your WASH innovation to governments
- Work directly with key government officials, sector experts and impact investors
- Showcase your innovation through a high visibility nation-wide program
- Raise funds from private sector companies and impact investors
More program details are available here. Applications for the program are now open and they close on 22nd Jan 2018.
Please apply to the program (or) help identify relevant WASH business innovations by nominating them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IHUWASH is a collaborative initiative between NIUA, Taru, IRC and Ennovent. The three year project is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and aims to improve the performance of urban WASH programs for India within a collaborative framework. Under IHUWASH, national and city-level Innovation Hubs are being established to work closely with the Faridabad, Mysuru and Udaipur city governments along with other national level WASH stakeholders.
The IHUWASH Accelerator builds on the experience of the 2016 Sanitation Innovation Accelerator in which Taru, IRC and Ennovent were also involved.
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How stakeholders should work together to end open defecation.
Toilet block in Odisha, India. Photo: Andrea van der Kerk/IRC
Solving rural sanitation problems in India requires the involvement of multiple stakeholders. These include government, programme implementers, financing institutions, entrepreneurs and households. Understanding the roles, strengths and weaknesses of each stakeholder, how they interact and complement each other, is key to achieving India’s ambitious goal of ending open defecation by 2019.
As a follow-up to the Sanitation Innovation Accelerator, IRC, Ennovent and Ecociate Consultants commissioned a study to gain insights in the sanitation market in Bihar and Odisha, two states with relatively low levels of sanitation coverage: 29% and 43% respectively. The study was conducted over a period of 3 months (from January to March 2017) in two rural districts: one with a high population density and situated in a heavy clay silt agricultural plain (Samastipur district, Bihar) and the other with a low population density situated in a sandy tropical coast (Ganjam district, Odisha).