Browsing All Posts filed under »Water«

Urban Water and Sanitation: Who cares about Poor?

January 27, 2011


The city development planning and judicious resource allocation in most of the cities in South Asian countries is a big challenge. Among the basic amenities, water and sanitation remained the core concern that lead to health problems, livelihood losses and an impediment to economic growth. Given the population growth and rapid migration from rural to […]

How does it Matter to my Social values and Environmental Ethics?

January 25, 2011


You might have come across, as I, the ‘social values’ and ‘environmental ethics’, while your interaction with people in various organizations and institutions across development sector (d-sector) i.e. social and environmental domains. I am talking about our public sector organizations, civil society groups, research institutions, think tanks, corporate led societies, international bodies, to name a […]

Lest our ideas are recognized

January 12, 2011


There are instances when we come through important and practical thoughts and ideas in profession, while on other hand we come across generic statements as well. I was going through a note from an important consultation approach paper titled ‘Inputs from the Civil Society Consultations on Rural Water and Sanitation for the Approach Paper to […]

The Need of Devolution in Rural Drinking Water Supply Planning in India

October 15, 2010


In context to the development and devolution processes in India, year 2010 has been observed as ‘Year of Gram Sabha’ (Village Committee), in realizing the mandate of self-governance, transparent and accountable functioning of our Gram Panchayats (PRI).  Over a decade of constitutionally mandated Panchayati Raj (Village Governance) it had first time over one million women […]

What an IWRM-Integrated Water Resources Management Course should Contain

April 10, 2010


In an effort to encourage a move towards more sustainable approaches to water development and management, the World Summit on Sustainable Development-WSSD in 2002 called for all countries to draft IWRM and water efficiency strategies by the end of 2005. The recommendation of Government of India’s 10th working group on drinking water (Five Year Plan […]

Rural Sanitation Situation in India and Way Forward-Alternate Strategies

March 24, 2010


Current scenario of sanitation in India cannot be rated a being very good. Among other important issues of livelihood, health and water, sanitation remained the last priority of the people in general. I wish to share an example in this context, which may reveal upon various aspects related to; research, health-livelihood links, gaps and priority […]

ASHWAS an Example of Unempirical Study in Water and Sanitation Sector in India

December 23, 2009


ASHWAS, link- is among one of the unscientific surveys in water and sanitation sector in India. This study covered 17,200 household across 28 districts of Karnataka state of India, by covering a sample of 100 household from each Gram Panchayat (village government), but, failed in correlating the evidences scientifically and systematically. When one goes […]

Communicating Inclusive Water-Communities generally loose

December 8, 2009


In a Knowledge Community on Children in India (KCCI) series in 2007, as case study was published, titled ‘Scaling Up Wise Water Management in Marginalized Communities in Madhya Pradesh (India): Recommendations for Success’ (Link:, PDF, 1.8 Mb), with the Madhya Pradesh Watershed Management Development Association (Erica Hagen, et al). The important learning of this […]

Do we need to Discuss ‘Business Models for Rural Private Water Supply Operators’ in India

November 13, 2009


During March 2010, UN Solution Exchange in India, was seeking inputs on projects and initiatives that have used rural private operators on a large scale, to help the World Bank in provide clients better advice about the appropriate business models for sustainable rural water supply. Following are the thoughts which I shared during this […]

The mystery of the Indian village water

September 17, 2005


Indrani and Sanjay, the female and male supervisors of a local NGO, accompanied me to Chaukidar cluster in Padharapur a in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh state in India. Here, we met a 13-year-old girl Janglee and a boy, 7-year-old Kamal . Both are physically and mentally disabled, and could not even stand on their […]

Integrated Water Resources Management-Challenges in India

September 14, 2005


India is known for its 1 billion plus and-still-growing population at around 2 percent per annum from the latter part of the 20th century. The heavy investments have been made on water supply, management and conservation issues since 80s, but the resulting environmental and socio-economic benefits have been severely limited. Most of its water sources […]

Monitoring Hygiene Behaviour: The Simpler Ways

August 16, 2005


In India heavy investments have been made in rural water supply since 80s, but the resulting health benefits have been severely limited by the poor progress in sanitation. This research analysis is based upon the case study of a highly acclaimed and successful water and sanitation project in around 857 villages of Indian mountain state […]