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Key resource: Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) Immersive Research

Praxis, the CLTS Knowledge Hub at the Institute of Development Studies and WaterAid undertook an immersive research project to learn from the experiences of districts that had been declared open defecation free. The researchers spent three nights and up to four days in each of a total of eight villages in Madhya Pradesh (3), Uttar Pradesh (2) and Rajasthan (3), in districts which had been declared open defecation free (ODF).They stayed with families without a specific agenda learning open-endedly from lived experience, observation and conversations.

Date: 12 October 2017
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Has the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Brought a Paradigm Shift in Rural Sanitation?

Innovate methods are being used to encourage people to end open defecation, but issues like the underutilisation of funds and use of coercive methods to achieve targets remain.

Read more about progress with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in this article by Santosh Mehrotra and Vinod Mishra in The Wire, 3rd October 2017.

Report from the regional workshop to share, learn and plan with quality and sustainability of Swachh Bharat Mission

Since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission - Gramin (SBM (G)), Uttar Pradesh (the most populous state in India) has seen pockets of success, with some Districts already declared or close to declaring themselves Open Defecation Free (ODF). To identify successful practices and methods for rapid sharing, learning, adopting and adapting of these for local needs and conditions, the Divisional Swachh Bharat Team, Moradabad, organised a three-day workshop from September 11-13, 2017.

Date: 28 September 2017
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Toilet - Ek Prem Katha: Will this Bollywood box office hit help India tackle open defecation?

India's sanitation problems are now the topic of a new Bollywood movie entitled Toilet- Ek Prem Katha and thus far, the film has been getting rave reviews.

The film's storyline centres around a woman who leaves her husband on the first day of their marriage after discovering that he does not have a toilet. He desperately sets out on a mission to win back his love by standing up to the age-old traditions and values of India.

Watch a trailer of the movie here

 

Why doesn’t anybody know if Swachh Bharat Mission is succeeding?

In 2014, the Prime Minister announced a goal of eliminating open defecation by 2019. In this article, Coffey and Spears, contend that now almost two-thirds of the way through the Swachh Bharat Mission, nobody knows whether it is succeeding because there is no credible, independent survey that can offer a useful estimate of the fraction of rural persons defecating in the open.

Read more in Ideas for India, 10 July 2017

Process Evaluation of Tanzania’s National Sanitation Campaign

In 2013, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) commissioned the Sanitation, Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) consortium to design and implement a process evaluation of Phase I (2011-2015) of the Government of Tanzania’s (GoT) National Sanitation Campaign (NSC).

Date: 30 January 2017
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Delhi mascots to blow the whistle on public defecation

People who attempt to urinate or defecate in public in Delhi’s wealthier neighbourhoods may soon find themselves loudly interrupted. The city’s municipal council has announced that 28 turbaned, brightly coloured mascots will be deployed across the Lutyens Delhi area to watch for people relieving themselves around railway tracks or slum areas. If the “Swachh Sewaks” (clean attendants) come across any offenders, they will blow a whistle and direct them to the nearest public toilet.

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The Community Incentive Model: Towards an Open Defecation Free Chhattisgarh

The Indian Governments flagship Swatchh Bharat Mission offers a 12,000 rupee incentive to all Below Poverty Line and certain Above Poverty Line households without a toilet. However, translating the incentive into successful sanitation improvements has been a challenge. Innovative and customisable ways ideas and processes are needed to ensure community buy-in and achieve greater ownership of the process and high rates of toilet use in an environmentally safe manner.

Date: 8 December 2016
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