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.
Asia & Pacific North America Private sector, including social enterprises Sub-Saharan Africa
2015 - 2017
Ensuring Safe and Sustainable Fecal Sludge Management in Small Towns in Tamil Nadu - Arghyam Foundation
Ensuring Safe and Sustainable Fecal Sludge Management in Small Towns in Tamil Nadu
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 - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
The Toolbox is an open knowledge platform to enable FSM decisions across the value chain.
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) - International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Integrated Rural Urban Water Management for Climate-Based Adaptation in Indian Cities (iAdapt)
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 - Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
Athena’s study aimed 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 - Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
Analyzing barriers limiting women’s participation in leadership roles in sanitation-related public bodies in Kenya
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) awarded Athena a grant to analyze barriers limiting women’s participation in leadership roles in sanitation-related public bodies in Kenya. The grant falls under its Urban Sanitation Research Initiative. The research design employs mixed methods to assess gender balance in decision-making/technical …
2018 - 2021
Design and Roll-out of the FSM toolbox and a MLE Platform for Urban FSM - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Designing 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. The first component aims to create a global monitoring protocol and platform for urban FSM. This will involve 8 pilot …
Project year: 2019
Understanding Demand and Funding for Piped Water Supply in Mandalay - International Growth Centre (London School of Economics)
Understanding Demand and Funding for Piped Water Supply in Mandalay
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 …
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