About India WASH Forum

India WASH Forum Trustees:

  • SS Meenakshisundaram(Chairperson)
  • Nafisa Barot(Vice Chairperson)
  • Ramisetty Murali
  • Pawan Kumar Jha
  • S Damodaran
  • Depinder S Kapur (Secretary)

 India WASH Forum is a registered Indian Trust since 2008 with Trustees from all over India. It is a coalition of Indian organizations and individuals working on water, sanitation and hygiene. The coalition evolved out of WSSCC support to national WASH sector advocacy.

The mandate/charter of India WASH Forum is Hygiene and Health outcomes from sanitation and water sector;

  • Promoting knowledge generation through research and documentation which is linked to and supported grassroots action in the water-sanitation-hygiene sectors. Special emphasis is given to sector-specific and cross-cutting thematic learnings.
  • Supporting field-based NGOs and networks in their technical and programmatic work. The IWF would also consistently highlight gender and pro-poor considerations, and provide a national platform for interest groups working in the sector to come together.
  • Undertaking policy advocacy and influence work through
    • Monitoring and evaluations
    • Media advocacy and campaigns, and
    • Fact finding missions
  • Undertaking lobbying and networking to promote common objectives in the sector.

In order to undertake credible independent WASH advocacy work in India, the national coalition got registered as an Indian charity in 2008 and has undertaken a number of significant research and advocacy work that includes:

Knowledge Networking and Advocacy initiatives undertaken by India WASH Forum;

  • Formative Research in Sanitation, Water and Hygiene, WHO, 2016
  • Greening of National Rural Drinking Water Programme; UNDP, 2013
  • School Sanitation Study, GIZ, 2012
  • Gender and Sanitation South Asia Workshop with National Foundation of India in Delhi; 2005
  • Review of Swajaldhara and TSC Programme Guidelines; 2007
  • Input to the Technical Expert Group set up to review the National Drinking Water Mission(RGNDWM); 2007
  • Civil Society Input, Urban Sanitation Policy 2009
  • Review of TSC in 4 states of India 2009
  • Organisation of SACOSAN 3 in Delhi. CSO session and a CSO Statement of Action, 2009
  • National Right to Water and Sanitation Workshop 2009 with participation from the Ministry and CSOs
  • Start up of the GSF programme in India
    • Launch workshop 2009 with stakeholders in Delhi, 2009
    • Developing and finalising the Country Programme Proposal, 2010
    • Leading the PCM of GSF, as an institutional host and Chair and Convener.
    • Providing oversight for programme review.
  • Member Govt of India 12th Five Year Plan Working Group on Drinking Water and Sanitation 2010.   Recommendations on behaviour change priorities and staffing for national sanitation programme.
  • Recommendations for Urban and Rural Water and Sanitation inputs: national consultations on drinking water and sanitation by Planning Commission Govt of India and Arghyam 2010
  • National Pro poor Urban Water and Sanitation Consultation, 2010
  • National report and a South Asia Report for SACOSAN 3 : Peoples Voices – a National Study project, Reports for India and South Asia, 2011
  • Formal Input to the National Water Policy 2012, with a focus on drinking water and sanitation
  • Report to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation: UNDP international consultation – Greening of Rural Water Supply Programme and Guidelines, 2012
  • FANSA-IWF Review of national commitments and progress since Sacosan 4, and preparation for World Water Forum 2012
  • School Sanitation Baseline Research by GIZ for Tirupati and Mysore, 2012

Since 2010, India WASH Forum is actively engaged in the Global Sanitation Fund(GSF) and currently hosts Programme Coordination Mechanism(PCM), of the GSF in India. The role of the PCM is to provide a governance oversight to the GSF Programme in India. The Programme is being implemented by an Executing Agency called Natural Resources Management Consultancy(NRMC) that makes NGO sub grants in the two states of Jharkhand and Assam. The Programme is managed directly from WSSCC Geneva and with the support of the PCM and an Auditor(called the Country Programme Monitor) that is KPMG for India.

A unique feature of IWF is its non-hierarchical set up. Most of the Trustees of India WASH Forum are represented in their individual capacity and do not represent the organsiations they are associated with. The agenda and activities that India WASH Forum are determined at the initiative of the Trustees and support from organisations and individuals.

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