Reading ICAI’s review of DFID WASH results

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), UK's aid watch dog, today, released its review of DFID's programming and results in water sanitation and hygiene (WASH). - In this impact review, they take a close look at the results DFID reported in its 2015 Annual Report; results that cost £ 713 million between 2010 - 2014. Do … Continue reading Reading ICAI’s review of DFID WASH results

The false dichotomy amongst ‘sanitation for all’ advocates

(di·chot·o·my  noun: a difference between two opposite things : a division into two opposite groups) ** A good way of blocking progress in an argument is to present two aspects of a whole as a dichotomy. The sanitation debate, in recent years, has suffered from a seemingly irreconcilable dichotomy when it comes to identifying the … Continue reading The false dichotomy amongst ‘sanitation for all’ advocates

Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan: beyond the hype

In my latest livemint article, I write about Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) which is the new avataar of the Total Sanitation Campaign...those who expected a clear expression of policy-intent and innovative implementation strategies are probably disappointed with the end-product. The new scheme does little by way of increasing the government’s financial commitment on the ground; … Continue reading Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan: beyond the hype

The great sanitation stink

Recently, addressing a workshop of state secretaries in-charge of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Jairam Ramesh​, the minister for rural development, termed it a shame that 58% of the world’s open defecation happens in India. Anyone who has worked on sanitation would take this figure with a pinch of salt, knowing how misleading sanitation coverage … Continue reading The great sanitation stink