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Thematic Session 2: Setting the Scene - Lessons from India & Kenya

Sanitation Workers Forum 2021 (2022)


Published in: 2022

Sanitation Workers Forum 2021

Sanitation Workers Forum 2021

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This session explores the realities of sanitation work in urban settings across India and Kenya. Whilst distinct historically, socially, politically and geographically, hazardous forms of sanitation work (including manual pit or manhole emptying) persist in both countries. Speakers explore the changing realities of sanitation work in each country, including ways to improve working conditions for and with workers.


1. Samuel Sathyaseelan (PhD Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India).
Talk Title: ‘Sanitation Workers – Expendable lives in times of COVID-19'

2. Dr. Ajay Kumar Koli (Assistant Professor, Vishwakarma University, India).
Talk Title: ‘Management of manholes in India. Level of awareness about the manholes-related incidents and deaths’

3. Natasha Sharma (PhD Scholar, Queen Mary University of London, UK) Talk Title: ‘Working and living conditions of manual scavengers. Worker’s rights and agency in Kolkata’

4. Yvonne Wairimu (Student, Meru University of Science and Technology, Meru, Kenya)
Talk Title: ‘Pit emptying practices challenges and stakeholder preferences in low income high density settlements in Nairobi’

5. Dr. Joy Riungu (Director, Sanitation Research Centre, Meru University of Science and Technology, Meru, Kenya)
Talk Title: ‘The role of informal pit emptiers in providing sanitation in Mukuru and Kibera, and the barriers to achieving improved services’

Chairs: Amita Bhakta & Purva Dewoolkar

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Sanitation Workers Forum 2021 (2022). Thematic Session 2: Setting the Scene - Lessons from India & Kenya. Sanitation Workers Forum 2021

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