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Hygiene Matters - 7th WASH Conclave

About the Conclave

India achieved significant strides in Water, sanitation and Hygiene sector in terms of achieving Open Defecation Free status, basic drinking water services through PWS and progressing towards next generation of sanitation and water program issues besides rapidly marching towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6.Government of India has launched Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) phase-II and Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) with clear guidelines and adequate budgets to provide sustainable WASH services in a decentralized mode by 2024. Towards this, three states (AP, Karnataka and Telangana) have developed Annual Implementation and Perspective plans and started implementing these programs. However, given the project complexities, time bound targets, decentralized management and sustained hygiene behavior changes, there is a need to reinforce the capacities of the relevant state and district level functionaries and professionals in order to achieve programme results. In addition, the recent COVID 19 pandemic created manifold challenges which are to be addressed on a priority basis.

Hygiene behaviors including handwashing with soap, water hygiene and safe disposal of solid and liquid waste are key measures to contain the spread of COVID. It demands greater multi stakeholder engagement, including Government to achieve respective program results and address challenges on a priority basis. The three states of AP, Karnataka and Telangana have demonstrated several best practices around Water, sanitation and Hygiene. There is a need to promote cross learning of these best practices and scale up.

Every year NIRDPR and UNICEF jointly organize Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Conclave (WASH conclave) to bring sector players on a platform for deliberations and learning. So far six WASH Conclaves have been held on different thematic areas with encouraging results. Considering the challenges in organizing physical conclave due to COVID pandemic, this year conclave will be held virtually. “Hygiene Matters” is the theme of 7th WASH conclave 2020 being held during 2nd to 4th December 2020.

Conclave Objectives

  1. To bring WASH sector players including Government, Development Partners, civil society, private sector and academia under one platform to deliberate and strengthen strategies for WASH programs with special emphasis on Hygiene in COVID 19 context.
  2. To facilitate learning and sharing of best practices in WASH
  3. To create an opportunity for strengthening collaborations and partnerships among institutions including government dealing with WASH and related programs across three states and districts

Hon'ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh Sri Biswabhusan Harichandan has kindly consented to inaugurate this Conclave and give keynote address.


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