Manisha Shah

Manisha Shah
One water, one data
Enabling a culture of data sharing between programs and reuse of data Posted on 25 May, 2022 02:58 PM

Any large-scale water security program by the government needs two things: [i] continuous data - given the dynamic nature of water - its annual replenishment depends on how much rainfall occurs and what farmers decide to grow in that agricultural cycle; and [ii] people who understand this data and continue to maintain the implementation post-intervention.

Participatory programs such as JJM require a large amount of village-level information on water (Image: Arpit Deomurar, FES)
Women at the frontline of climate change adaptation
Women make strides in mainstreaming climate adaptation approaches on the ground
Posted on 19 Mar, 2022 04:23 PM

Kalyani Dash, Soudamini Rout, and Gita Rani Satpathy are three women from Odisha w

Kalyani Dash works with 150 households in the village directly and trains them on chemical-free farming techniques, water secure crop production, efficient water use in agriculture for a sustainable farming future as well as kitchen and nutrition gardening. (Image: FES)
Understanding the thinking behind IEC in large programs
Lessons from the Swachh Bharat Mission experience
Posted on 04 Oct, 2021 03:24 PM

Our governing ministries in the Centre and in States plan several programs every year for the overall betterment of lives and livelihoods of the masses, and many of them require people to under

Pop culture icons like Gabbar Singh are painted on the walls of a toilet complex in New Delhi (Image: Project Raahat, Enactus)
Is climate action at scale a possibility?
Lessons from Meghalaya’s attempt to strengthen its frontline across the State
Posted on 28 Sep, 2021 09:07 PM

The recently released report on climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has portrayed a devastating picture of the world that our

Stories of change from Meghalaya on moving towards “net-zero” emission commitments (Image: MBDA)
Best practices in IEC-HRD to engage rural communities based on JJM - Karnataka experience
A summary of conversations with Mr. Parameshwar Hegde, Director (ISA), Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Department, Government of Karnataka Posted on 11 Aug, 2021 02:02 PM

What does IEC-HRD mean for large-scale programs such as Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM)?

At the district level, Karnataka has engaged Implementation Support Agencies (ISA) who are involved in IEC
Investing in “local water professionals” for the country’s water security
India needs water professionals to manage its water resources locally to be water secure. This needs focus and investment. Now. Posted on 26 May, 2021 03:17 PM

For decades, governments, philanthropies, CSRs and CSOs have been exploring ways to ensure water security for both lifeline activities and livelihoods.

Frontline workers get trained and acquire invaluable skills in the process of fulfilling their roles within one or multiple programs
Skilling and engaging first mile actors to enable local water management: Context, opportunities, and engagement possibilities
Based on conversations with Dr Tushaar Shah and Mr Ved Arya Posted on 17 Apr, 2021 11:46 AM

Every year, programs of central and state governments and donor-supported programs train thousands of people who work to implement programs on water and sanitation in their villages.

There is an urgency to create a database of such skilled persons and engage them in future programs or on a long-term basis through different engagement models. (Image: ForWater Partners)
Strengthening the frontline for water security
Challenges and aspirations of community champions and how programs can address them Posted on 12 Mar, 2021 05:00 PM

India has over 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats, which manage the governance of over 6,64,000 villages spread across the country.

Kalyani Dash works with 150 households in the village directly and trains them on chemical-free farming techniques, water secure crop production, efficient water use in agriculture for a sustainable farming future as well as kitchen and nutrition gardening. (Image: FES)
Data, data everywhere, but where?
Involving the community in a data framework with the right incentives will have the second-order benefit of the community becoming decision makers with respect to water use. Posted on 16 Oct, 2020 09:21 AM

A few of us did an exercise where we closed our eyes and thought of the first four words that came to our minds when we thought of water data in India. Here is what we came up with:

The seamless flow of data from one program to another can be enabled if a few principles are kept in mind (Image: José Manuel Suárez, Wikimedia Commons)
Data-driven ‘water and agriculture’ planning: The big picture
If data was better organized and available for download in more ‘user-friendly’ formats, its utilization would improve manifold. Posted on 15 Oct, 2020 06:57 PM

India is fortunate to have a rich tradition of public data collection and compilation.

The quality of our public data is highly variable, yet if analyses and interpretation are done keeping in mind some of the limitations, the datasets can be a precious resource at the meso and macro level. (Image: Pixabay)
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