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May 25, 2022 Enabling a culture of data sharing between programs and reuse of data
Participatory programs such as JJM require a large amount of village-level information on water (Image: Arpit Deomurar, FES)
March 15, 2022 World Resources Institute (WRI) India and the C40 Cities network develop Mumbai’s first-ever Climate Action Plan
The MCAP adopts a scientific evidence-based planning approach to mobilize resources and move from planning to implementation of strategic projects (Image: Deepak Gupta, Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 3.0)
February 28, 2022 Gujarat aims to achieve 100 per cent saturation in tap water connection for every household by October 2022 under the Jal Jeevan Mission
The SCALE project implemented in villages in semi arid regions enabled ultra-poor groups in project villages improve their access to drinking water (Image: European Union, Flickr Commons)
February 10, 2022 Budget for sanitation sees a decline
Jal Jeevan Mission has picked up pace after two years (Image: Anita Martinz, Wikimedia Commons,  CC-A-2.0 Generic)
November 4, 2021 India must collaborate with other countries to create a Global Resilience Reserve Fund to act as insurance against climate shocks: CEEW study.
Bihar floods of 2008 (Image: M Asokan, Public Resource.org)
October 15, 2021 Interventions to promote hand hygiene should be designed based on an understanding of what people care about, says report on ‘State of the world’s hand hygiene’
Girls learn the value of hand-washing (Image: Kristen Kelleher, USAID, Pixnio)
Indore is still very much water minus
Need to abandon costly centralised systems of wastewater management and raise awareness about decentralised systems Posted on 07 Dec, 2021 11:22 AM

Recently, the city of Indore was declared the first water plus city in India under the Swachh Sarvekshan programme of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development for its ostensibly exemplary wastewater management (Hindustan Times, 2021).

Water harvesters cleaning up water hyacinth from the rivers in Indore (Image: Rahul Banerjee)
Managing disasters in the hills
Need to enable communities to be the first responders in case of a disaster Posted on 24 Nov, 2021 06:59 PM

Just like another day, the mountainous village of Honzar in Dachhan Tehsil in Kishtwar district in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was approaching dawn when the entire village was hit by a deadly cloudburst around four in the morning on July 28

It is at the community level that the effects of disasters are felt the most (Image: Baber Nafice)
Will Darjeeling’s thirst be quenched?
Poor access and mismanagement of the available water resources continue to plague Darjeeling. Can there be a way out? Posted on 17 Nov, 2021 02:08 PM

India’s urban population is expected to grow around 800 million by 2050, which is predicted to create major challenges for urban water management.

Darjeeling, in the grip of a water crisis (Image Source: Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons)
Improving access to climate finance critical
India must collaborate with other countries to create a Global Resilience Reserve Fund to act as insurance against climate shocks: CEEW study. Posted on 04 Nov, 2021 10:32 AM

More than 80% cent Indians live in climate-vulnerable districts, according to a recently released report ‘

Bihar floods of 2008 (Image: M Asokan, Public Resource.org)
Move to amend forest law raises concerns
Comments on the proposed amendments to Forest Conservation Act, 1980: Submission to the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy Posted on 31 Oct, 2021 10:06 PM

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released a 

Dallirajhara forest of Chhattisgarh (Image: Tanvir Khan, Pixabay)
Hand hygiene, a public policy issue
Interventions to promote hand hygiene should be designed based on an understanding of what people care about, says report on ‘State of the world’s hand hygiene’ Posted on 15 Oct, 2021 08:45 AM

The simple act of cleaning hands can save lives and reduce illness by helping prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The benefits of hand hygiene in preventing the transmission of infectious diseases have been known since 1850.

Girls learn the value of hand-washing (Image: Kristen Kelleher, USAID, Pixnio)
300 organisations from across the globe call for no climate finance for hydropower
News this fortnight Posted on 06 Oct, 2021 10:06 PM

Hydropower is not fit for climate finance according to 300 organisations worldwide

Gambhir dam near Ujjain (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
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)
Lift irrigation cooperatives provide irrigation to tribal drylands
Existing government schemes and programmes offer good potential for scale-up these cooperatives in various states Posted on 06 Sep, 2021 03:59 PM

The earliest known civilizations settled around rivers as they provided access to the water needed for cultivating crops. Over time, humans learnt to control the flow of water by the construction of barriers across the direction of the river flow.

Simalaghasi check dam across Panam river, Dahod constructed by NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation (Image: NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation)
How Paani Foundation harnesses the power of communication for social transformation
Committed to use the power of all forms of communication to bring about behavioral change and transformation at scale Posted on 04 Sep, 2021 12:05 PM

Paani Foundation was created in 2016, with the vision of making Maharashtra drought-free. From 2016 to 2019, Paani Foundation organized four Water Cup competitions, whose main objective was to make villages water secure through watershed development.

Villagers participating in shramdaan for making watershed structures (Image: Paani Foundation)
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