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  • The Next Frontier of Rural Sanitation Policy in India: Health and Social equity

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    It has been one year since the Government of India declared all of rural India – Open Defecation Free (ODF) – a landmark moment for sanitation in India. This achievement is considered a success of the government’s flagship programme – Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) (which translates to Clean India Mission). With World Toilet Day coming up next month, it...

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  • Designing an M&E System for Impact Evaluation: Tips for Program Designers and Evaluators!

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    Not another blog! Isn’t measurement old hat? Excitingly, sixteen new Green Climate Fund (GCF) projects have just been invited to the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU)’s Learning-Oriented Real-Time Impact Assessment (LORTA) program this year. Depending on ownership, commitment, financial and logistical feasibility, geographic distribution, and measurement capabilities, the IEU will select six of these projects to provide better and timely...

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  • How Can We Fix the Gender Inequality in India’s Sanitation Woes?

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    (The following article is an excerpt from the book ‘Voices on South Asia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Women’s Status, Challenges and Futures’ published by World Scientific. This excerpt is from the chapter titled ‘Bridging Gender Inequality in Sanitation in India: Swachh Bharat Mission and Beyond’, authored by Deepa Karthykeyan, Co-founder and Director at Athena Infonomics. Deepa works closely with governments...

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  • Gender, Infrastructure Planning and Participation

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    In addition to a gendered analysis of attitudes towards sanitation, we also compare responses obtained from public sector organisations and our list of NGOs. We find that there are some significant deviations in the way these domains think about, design and implement policies and programs in the sector. One key strand of divergence is the approach each domain adopts...

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  • Defining the sanitation needs of women

    Defining the sanitation needs of women

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    In a survey of public sector employees of sanitation-related institutions, we found that a majority of the respondents, regardless of their gender, agree that women have different and specific needs with regard to sanitation access. These differences were perceived to be mainly because of the biological make-up of the sexes, with women’s sanitation needs covering MHM. The need for...

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  • Recruitment and Representation in the Sanitation Sector in Kenya

    Recruitment and Representation in the Sanitation Sector in Kenya

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    The draw of a career in the sanitation sector can take many forms, ranging from altruism to self-interest. When choosing to search for a job, when deciding to submit an application, and when signing an offer letter to a new job, newly graduated young men and women may be heeding a call to address a public need or fight...

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  • Athena Infonomics-Gender equality & Urban Sanitation

    Gender equality and Urban Sanitation

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    All around the world, in high income countries as well as low and middle income countries, providers of gendered public latrines often mistake equality for equity, resulting in equal space and number of seats, but longer lines and wait times for women. Women have both biological needs and social restrictions that are different than men; for example, although never...

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  • Dispatch – December 2019

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    Happy Holidays! As the year comes to a close, we’ve been reflecting on what we’ve accomplished in 2019. To say the least, it was immensely gratifying for us as a team to contribute to several exciting development programs globally. Our projects ranged from developing new technology tools for waste water management to rethinking strategies for child friendly cities. We’ve...

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