Corporate Platform for WASH in Maharashtra 

The ‘Corporate Platform for WASH in Maharashtra’ strengthens the drive to achieve an open defecation-free society through access to water along with safe and sustainable sanitation and hygiene practices; a goal emphasised by the central and state (Maharashtra) governments.

A joint initiative by the India Sanitation Coalition (ISC) and Samhita Social Ventures, the platform is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Maharashtra. CEPT University lends knowledge support to the initiative.

Though corporate involvement in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) have significantly risen since 2014’s kick-off of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the size and persistence of the sanitation challenge is still huge and corporate funding is essential to plug key gaps in the value chain.

The platform supports companies with comprehensive services that enable them to make better decisions in the WASH cause area and implement solutions in critical areas like behaviour change and faecal sludge management.

 

GOING BEYOND BUILDING TOILETS

The platform offers strategic advisory services, technical assistance and/or project management services to companies and other private players for customized projects.

The platform aims to go beyond building toilets to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Corporate Engagement
  2. CSR Funding for High Impact Interventions
  3. Facilitate Collaborations
  4. Create a Marketplace of High-Impact Interventions
  5. Build Advocacy Around Critical Areas

 

MULTILATERAL, HOLISTIC APPROACH

The Platform focuses on interventions that holistically touch all aspects of the value chain in WASH, ensuring effective and sustainable outcomes.

  1. Behaviour Change
  2. Facility Creation
  3. Operation and Maintenance
  4. Community Participation and Ownership
  5. Faecal Sludge Management, Waste Management
  6. Supply Chain Management
  7. Financial Model

 

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