Athena Infonomics is a data-driven global consultancy. We combine social science research methods and ICT tools to drive innovation in policies, processes and programs in international development. Athena Infonomics has offices in India and Washington, D.C., alongside program hubs across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Athena Infonomics has worked extensively in South Asia and East Africa in design and delivering new generation programmes on data ecosystem strengthening and WASH.
Supported by an active network of distinguished industry veterans, policy makers, academicians and intellectuals, the team at Athena consists of a diverse mixture of educational and professional backgrounds from engineering, management, economics, statistics and development from some of the top educational institutions in the world. Athena distinguishes itself through an unflinching dedication to leveraging cutting-edge research methods and tools for modelling phenomenon and deriving solutions. Conceptual depth, analytical rigor and holistic multidisciplinary approaches characterize our solutions.
2015 - 2017
Ensuring safe and sustainable fecal sludge management in small towns in Tamil Nadu
To empower urban local governments to adopt the Septage Management Guidelines (SMGs)
Tamil Nadu, India faces a problem of illegal and unauthorized dumping of untreated septage waste and little state involvement. This presents an urgent need for improved fecal sludge management. Athena is therefore working to empower urban local governments to adopt the Septage Management Guidelines (SMGs). It is using a systems-approach to …
2016 - 2017
FSM toolbox refinement (an open knowledge platform to enable FSM decisions across the value chain)
To refine the toolbox by studying four geographies and to develop end-user strategies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) Toolbox is an open knowledge platform to enable FSM decisions across the value chain. Its analytical and situational assessment tools are designed to support city managers, private sector and donor agencies. The assignment was to refine the toolbox by studying 4 geographies and to …
2016 - 2019
Integrated rural urban water management for climate-based adaptation in Indian cities (iAdapt)
To design and implement a comprehensive blue-print for water management
Awarded a grant under IDRC’s ‘Cities and Climate Change’ initiative, Athena is designing and implementing a comprehensive blue-print for water management – iAdapt. This focuses on the catchment and city level in the south Indian city of Vijayawada. Athena is conducting a baseline of the city’s hydrology and climate. This will then …
Project year: 2017
Ghana sanitation financing
To improve household access to financing products for toilets in the low income urban communities (LIUCs).
Ghana’s low access to adequate and safe compound sanitation signals a need for sanitation financing. It also suffers from an over-reliance on unhygienic public toilets, open defecation and inappropriate disposal of feces. WSUP is therefore implementing a citywide sanitation project using a holistic approach. It aims to improve sanitation …
2019 - 2020
Barriers to women adopting decision-making roles in sanitation-related public bodies and attitudinal differences between male and female decision-makers
To analyze barriers limiting women’s participation in leadership roles in sanitation-related public bodies in Kenya
The research design employs mixed methods to assess gender balance in decision-making/technical roles. It also identifies barriers to female participation in those roles. The research exams the internal workings of organizations in the sanitation sector, as a potential source of gender inequity in their external service delivery.
2018 - 2021
Design and roll-out of the FSM toolbox and a MLE platform for urban FSM
To design a Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) Platform for Urban Fecal Sludge Management (FSM)
Under a BMGF grant, Athena is designing a Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) platform for urban Fecal Sludge Management (FSM). The project has two components — Monitoring and Benchmarking, and Evidence and Learning. Spread over 3 years, the project uses an evidence-based, stakeholder-driven decision-making approach. The grant will …
Project year: 2019
Understanding demand and funding for piped water supply in Mandalay
To investigate actionable insights on improving water service coverage and the potential for tariff hikes to ensure financial sustainability
The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) is facing severe challenges in improving its water service coverage. It is also facing mounting financial losses. In this context, MCDC called for actionable insights on improving its coverage and the potential for tariff hikes to ensure financial sustainability. Athena and the International Growth …
East Asia & Pacific North America Private sector, including social enterprises Sub-Saharan Africa
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