Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation
Lack of improved water and sanitation in poor settlements directly impacts health, safety, and well-being of community residents. Women and girls are more exposed to the burden of inadequate sanitation while still experiencing a general disempowerment that prevents them from taking a central role in sanitation decision-making. We believe providing water and sanitation services sustainably requires an integrated approach that addresses interconnected issues of physical infrastructure, behaviour, natural resource management and community capacity.
Supporting functional toilets and connections to city level water and sewage networks
We play a crucial role in linking low-income communities to government programs and private sources of funding to support the construction of functional toilets in homes and in schools. We work with communities and local governments to resolve land tenure and financial obstacles that hinder legal access to municipal water supply and wastewater services.
Encouraging communities to adopt responsible sanitation behaviour
Promoting participatory natural resource management
Advancing sustainable water and sanitation systems for small cities
Typically, the discourse on urbanization is focused on large and metro cities. But a third of the fastest-growing cities in India are small towns and pose unique challenges with regards to governance and access to technical and financial resources. We support constructive partnerships between local governments, technical experts, and civil society groups to devise locally relevant solutions that are cost effective and scalable. We also bring public and private funds to small towns to finance these improvements.