Moving Beyond Toilets To Treatment Is Road Towards Safe Sanitation
India for the World provides an orientation to the sector’s background, spotlighting progress and future directions, aimed at city, state and national level. It showcases best practices, case studies, step by step implementation milestones and sanitation outcomes for the country and key states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Odisha.
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National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (NFSSM) Alliance, a collaborative body that drives the discourse on faecal sludge and septage management (FSSM) forward in India, has today launched India for the World. A comprehensive infographic – this web platform highlights India’s FSSM journey spotlighting the credible work of key states towards safe and sustainable sanitation practices.
India for the World provides an orientation to the sector’s background, spotlighting progress and future directions, aimed at city, state and national level. It showcases best practices, case studies, step by step implementation milestones and sanitation outcomes for the country and key states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Odisha. The infographic also showcases firm will and commitment of state governments in implementing cost-effective and inclusive urban sanitation programs - recognizing sanitation as a crucial part of urban development and sustainability.
“India has made tremendous progress in improving access to toilets and is prioritizing treatment of human fecal waste – many states and cities have implemented innovative and scalable solutions for FSM and inclusive sanitation service delivery. It is imperative that the learnings from this progress are well documented and disseminated to other states and cities within the country to replicate and for the world to learn from the great work that is happening in India. India for the World aims to serve as a platform to share learnings on implementing effective FSSM and inclusive sanitation service delivery solutions,” says, Sakshi Gudwani, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also a member of the NFSSM Alliance.
Hosted on the NFSSM Alliance official website, India for the World encapsulates replicable and scalable models of FSSM adopted by various cities and states across the country. These models speak of innovations in areas such as, improving operations efficiency by building capacities of sanitation workers as entrepreneurs, exploring diverse sources of finance to move towards operational sustainability, and using technology to eliminate the need for direct human contact with faecal waste – among many others.
"India for the World is not only a great resource for city and state governments in India, but also for international stakeholders, like practitioners, officials, or even funders. Our aim is to promote cross-learning among ecosystem players who are already working towards the wastewater treatment systems in India, along with informing others who wish to enter this ecosystem – and this is where India for the World will be a great conversation starter,” says Neera Nundy, Co-Founder, Dasra, Dasra is also the Secretariat of the NFSSM Alliance.
60 per cent of our urban population today, depends on onsite sanitation systems, which require dedicated planning for FSSM – prioritizing human excreta management, a waste stream with a high potential for spreading diseases. The planning strategies entail emptying, transportation, treatment, and safe disposal of waste and possible reuse of output products post-treatment. The web platform covers several multi-professional and low-cost sanitation programs which are implemented according to physical and socio-economic conditions ensuring proper service to everyone.
India for the World is intended to be a knowledge resource for city planners, municipal functionaries, elected representatives, state decision-makers, civil society organizations, private-sector players, funders, international sector players etc. to understand the developments in FSSM and the opportunities it presents.