Ensuring safe and sustainable fecal sludge management in small towns in Tamil Nadu

2015 - 2017 • Athena Infonomics

Purpose

To empower urban local governments to adopt the Septage Management Guidelines (SMGs)

Activities

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 planning and design, to support effective management of fecal sludge across the value chain.

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Objectives

The project considers collection, desludging, transportation, treatment, reuse and disposal to then develop an integrated and holistic strategy covering institutional, regulatory, financial and social facets. The project therefore popularizes simple and cost effective ways of collecting and managing FSM data among Urban Local Bodies, and additionally proposes a novel approach to decision making and monitoring septage linked service delivery outcomes.

Further information

Client: Arghyam Foundation

Contact information

Chris Elliott
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Asia & Pacific Capacity development Cities Emptying and transport (non sewered) Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Faecal sludge treatment processes Operation, maintenance and sustainable services Other philantropist foundation Political processes and institutional aspects Politicians and local decision makers Private sector, including social enterprises Specific to one or several countries Treatment of faecal sludge Urban (entire city)

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Athena Infonomics
Rockville, MD
United States


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.

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