Support by CAWST to NIUA for Sanitation Capacity Building Platform (SCBP)

2016 - 2017 • CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology


To build capacity of individuals, government and private institutions working in the area of sanitation and ensure improved delivery of sustainable sanitation to the un-served and underserved in India.


The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), under the Ministry of Urban Development, was appointed to build the capacity of governments at all levels and other sanitation actors, on decentralized sanitation. A sanitation capacity building platform has been created in March 2016 at NIUA, which acts as a hub for knowledge sharing, collaboration and training among local organizations and government bodies.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invited CAWST to support NIUA in designing, establishing, and strengthening this sanitation capacity building platform. This platform is pivotal to ensure urban local bodies and other actors in the sanitation system obtain the knowledge and skills required to effectively implement decentralized sanitation. This will not be a “one size fits all” approach. Rather, the platform will work with cities and states to analyze their situation, and to develop and offer appropriate capacity building activities addressing each area’s unique needs and ambitions, walking alongside each urban local body as they plan, implement, and maintain decentralized sanitation systems.


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The Indian government has recently launched an ambitious national campaign called Clean India Mission (Swachh Bharat). This is an initiative to end open defecation and develop proper waste and fecal sludge management systems by 2019. In addition to conventional sewage systems, the Clean India initiative also includes decentralized sanitation systems such as properly managed latrines, septic tanks, and community-level wastewater treatment facilities, to address the nation’s sanitation needs.

The involvement by CAWST in this project ended in 2017. The project continues to be run by National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) (see link below).

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CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, is a nonprofit organization and licensed engineering firm that provides training and consulting to organizations that work directly with populations in developing countries who lack access to clean water and basic sanitation. CAWST "walks beside" hundreds of organizations—government agencies, community groups, and local and international NGOs of all sizes—in 82 countries as they develop their capacities to deliver water and sanitation programs locally. Impacting the lives of 13.1 million people worldwide through better water and sanitation since 2001, CAWST's capacity building model has demonstrated its ability to catalyze community action in developing countries to initiate and operate water and sanitation programs.

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