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  • FSM5 and AfricaSan5 Conference in Cape Town

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    Athena participated in the FSM5 and AfricaSan5 conference held in Cape Town, showcasing its work in the Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) space. The 5-day FSM5 program ran from 18th-22nd February, and saw global actors in the FSM space converge with a shared aim of making FSM an integral part of sanitation service delivery. Deepa Karthykeyan (co-founder and director) and...

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  • Dispatch – December 2018

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    We opened a new office in Bengaluru (Bangalore). As India’s major IT hub, Bengaluru is now host to Athena’s ICT4D team, a key milestone in our mission to leverage data science for development. Our headquarters in Chennai also underwent an office shift recently, from T. Nagar to Adyar.

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  • City Wide Inclusive Sanitation: SAIS AECOM Speaker Series

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    On the 6th December 2018, Johns Hopkins University SAIS and AECOM organized a talk titled City Wide Inclusive Sanitation where Athena Infonomics Consultant Kun Zhang was a panelist. The full talk can be watched below:

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  • Athena Marks Bengaluru Office Launch​​

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    Athena Infonomics recently inaugurated its new Bengaluru office, marking the launch of its third hub in India. The move not only reflects the physical growth of the firm, but also the adoption of new and exciting disciplines. Bengaluru is arguably the IT hub of India, and presents the Athena with a wide range of opportunities. Our in house team...

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  • When the Pits Fill Up: A Day in the Life of Sanitation Workers in Urban India

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    India’s flagship sanitation program, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), highlights both the importance of latrine use, and also of “safe and proper disposal”. Since most of urban India is not connected to sewers, the SBM recommends that cities work towards technological, financing and governance initiatives that would ensure safe fecal sludge management. In practice, this means mechanical (i.e. truck-and-hose) sludge...

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  • Creating Liveable and Clean Cities: Presentation at the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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    On the 9th-10th November 2018, the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) along with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) held an Urban Thinker’s Campus under the UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign. Themed “Roadmap to Zero Waste in Chennai”, Athena’s Senior Consultant Kowshik Ganesh, was one of the key panel speakers on the topic, “Creating Liveable and Clean...

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    W20 2018: Highlights and Outcomes

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    Athena Co-founder and Director Deepa Karthykeyan recently attended the W20 summit in Buenos Aires as an India Delegate. The W20 summit1 is a forum that attempts to set a common agenda for women countries in the G20. This year, it outlined clear actions under 4 heads, namely: Labour, Rural, Digital and Financial inclusion. The Brisbane Commitment and Investments in...

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  • Dispatch – October 2018

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    One of our key projects this year is an Ease of Living Index for the Indian government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Along with Ipsos, Ipsos Public Affairs and The Economist Intelligence Unit, we assessed 111 cities across 78 parameters, focusing on a ‘citizen-centric’ approach to urban governance and planning. The launch of the much-awaited index generated healthy...

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