WSSCC supports the national workshop on Community-Led approaches in India



Key Resource Centre at Uttarakahnd Academy of Administration  organized the national workshop on Community-Led approaches in collaboration with WSSCC with the support of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India. 

The event was held at the Uttarakhand Accademy of Adminstration, Nainital, India, 16-18 April,2013 and drew senior policy makers from the Government of India as well as representatives from NGOs, specialized professionals  and UN agencies to exchange experiences and scale up the Government of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign. The Campaign, restructured  and renamed Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), provides for incentive money of Rs 9000 for the construction of toilets both for below poverty line and above poverty line households.

Vinod Mishra, WSSCC National Coordinator, emphasizes that the NBA strategy is important “ because we aim to transform rural India into “Nirmal Bharat”by adopting the “community led” and “people centered” strategies and community saturation approach”. Mr. Mishra also underlines that “the Community Led Total Sanitation approach that GSF is using embodies the spirit of the NBA , being a community–led, people-centred, and saturation approach”

During 2012, GSF-supported Sub-grantees were mobilized across five districts in Jharkhand and have made solid progress. In January 2012 25,000 people had attained improved toilets under the programme, and within one year that number had increased more than ten-fold to more than 520,000 people using improved toilets. A year ago 41 communities were declared open defecation free, and now a cumulative total of 238 communities have been declared open defecation free. From 25,000 people living in ODF environments a year ago, that figure has quadrupled to more than 100,000 people living in ODF environments by January 2013.

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