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  • Collective Intelligence and Citizen Data for Water Management: Reflections from the Chennai Floods

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    World Water Day, celebrated each year on March 22, allows us to focus on this most vital of resources, and the ways in which we can ensure its purity and availability for future generations. This year, the United Nations has selected the theme of Valuing Water, as an invitation to reflect on what water means to each of us....

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  • Water Balance Plans: The Importance of Co-production of Knowledge and Action for Integrated, Inclusive, and Resilient Management of Water Resources

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    Today, millions around the world are celebrating World Water Day. This year’s World Water Day theme—Valuing Water—serves as an invitation to reflect on what water means to each of us. We can look to water’s role in strengthening human security or in maintaining the health of the planet’s ecosystems. In each instance, we are attaching a value to this...

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  • Integrating Gender in Nutrition Programming: Some Considerations and Strategies

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    Today day marks 110 years since International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911. More visible forms of gender discrimination have, unarguably, reduced over these years, but less visible inequities continue to exist and persist in all aspects of life, including access to and utilization of nutritional provisions and services. Women’s biological functions and roles imply loss of iron...

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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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