About the WASH Observatory

Development Management Institute, with the financial support of the UNICEF, has established the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Observatory  with the vision to contribute to the dignity, health, and well-being of women and children in Bihar, who currently suffer the consequences of inadequate, limited or no sanitation and poor WASH services. 

Mission: It is to support the WASH programme implementation in Bihar by providing timely and rapid insights, organizing dissemination seminars, workshops, and other such capacity-building initiatives. 

Following interventions are proposed under the WASH observatory:

  •  Series of Competency Enhancement Programme for the state/district/block level functionaries of LSBA/SBM on the issues related to ODF Sustainability
  •  Participatory research to track processes and impact of different national/state flagship programs related to water & sanitation.
  •  National/State level consultations on issues around water supply, water quality, sanitation, and hygiene promotion.
  •  Process documentation of different WASH sector interventions
  •  Concurrent monitoring of WASH programme and schemes
  •  Capacity building training and learning exchanges for programme implementers
  •  Informing new cadre of development practitioners being trained at the DMI in the form of academic training and in a longer-term developing "WASH elective" available for incoming students
  •  Engaging with the government for policy-level engagement with emerging WASH issues such as in urban areas- slums, fecal sludge management and other such second-generation WASH faced by the state
  •  Organizing policy dialogue, dissemination seminar/through social media, workshops and such interactions among practitioners and policymakers
  •  Writing policy papers, practice papers, journal articles, and its publications
  •  Media tracking and analysis of WASH issues.

What's happening!

  • Access to toilets leads to public health gains At least 100.7 million toilets were built under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) across the country to take the toilet coverage from 38.7% on Oct 2, 2014, to ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2021, 11:08 PM by Gaurav Mishra
  • Proper handwashing matters for your health Proper handwashing may seem trivial to some, but it is more important than many realise – in schools, in healthcare facilities, and in the home. Global Handwashing Day, observed on October ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2021, 11:15 PM by Gaurav Mishra
  • Swachh Bharat Mission: The last push Call it the result of a strong political will or a multipronged assault on a nagging problem, what India is witnessing now is no less than a civilisational leap forward ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2021, 11:17 PM by Gaurav Mishra
  • Declaring India 'Open Defecation Free' Doesn't Mean Sanitation Goals Have Been Met Overcoming resistance to toilet usage requires addressing values, norms and beliefs that will lead to behaviour change, and ultimately the health and economic benefits.October 2, 2019, marked the five ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2021, 11:11 PM by Gaurav Mishra
  • India lags in drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities: Study The Harvard University study is based on the performance of India’s 543 parliamentary constituencies on — unsafe disposal of child stool, unimproved drinking water supply, and sanitary facilities.India continues ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2021, 11:13 PM by Gaurav Mishra
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