The India Support Unit

Date: 15th May 2015

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Workshop convened by the Global Interfaith Wash Alliance in partnership with the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) and WSSCC in Rishikesh, northern India. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, WSSCC has provided the country’s  partners with guidance about reprogramming, allowing funds to be directed to preventing, delaying and containing COVID-19 in line with government and advice from the World Health Organization (WHO). More detailed country information can be found here.


In 2019, ISU provided technical support to 10 selected districts in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh through the provision of behaviour change trainers to support district-level efforts to achieve the ODF milestone under the Clean India programme. WSSCC also supported the development of ODF Plus training modules which were completed in 2019 in partnership with the Government of India.

During the year, ISU continued to support the GoI at both national and subnational levels in convening trainings on Rapid Action Learning (RAL) in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. The Government of India is using the RAL approach to facilitate learning between states, districts and blocks in order to tackle the issues of vulnerable and marginalised populations as part of the ODF Plus focus on sustainability and leave no one behind. 625 participants from all levels of government have participated in RAL workshops, and a pool of 40 RAL Facilitators has been set up to support the scale-up of the RAL approach at country level.

In collaboration with IDS, University of Sussex, UK and Regional Sanitation Centre of SACOSAN, ISU also convened three days regional workshop on Rapid Action Leaning at Colombo, Sri Lanka, to share learning from SBM-G and providing an opportunity to other countries to share their innovations.

In 2019 ISU worked closely with the state governments of Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam to develop guidelines for the coordination of MHH programming at the subnational level and the leveraging of funds for implementation. ISU also supported the training of 815 master MHH trainers to be deployed at state and district level.

Together with partners Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and the Freshwater Action Network for South Asia (FANSA), ISU conducted consultations to elevate the voices of those left behind and inform the Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs progress, and SDG 6 specifically. This work included focused consultations with civil society organisations and vulnerable groups.

WSSCC has also been working in India to engage society on issues surrounding MHH in order to amplify the voices of women and girls, address taboos and marginalisation and increase messaging on MHH support needs. This is being done through key partnerships with organisations such as the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and Youth Ki Awaaz (YKA).

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