WaterAid India

WASH Matters 2018

WaterAid India launches its first Media Fellowship Program ‘WASH Matters 2018’. The fellowship aims to create awareness around water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues in the country through long format narratives.

About Water Aid

WaterAid is an international non-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these three essentials in ways that last, can people change their lives for good. Since 1986, WaterAid in India has successfully implemented water, sanitation, and hygiene projects, extending benefits to some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities across 11 plus states in India.

WaterAid India strives to make universal access to clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene a reality by 2030, the target year for Sustainable Development Goals.

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About Water Aid

India is suffering from “the worst water crises” in its history, with about 600 million people facing high to extreme water stress and about two lakh people dying every year dying due to inadequate access to safe water as per the recent Niti Aayog Report. The lack of access to clean water also imposes a huge financial and health burden on some of the country’s most marginalised sections.

‘WASH Matters 2018’ aims to highlight the various problems faced by urban and rural communities when it comes to accessing clean water like walking for miles and spending hours for just a few buckets of water or the severe health implications of consuming unclean water. It further aims to explore the physical, economic and social repercussions due to lack of clean water.

As WaterAid India and its partners strive towards making clean water accessible for everyone, everywhere through context specific community-led sustainable solutions, ‘WASH Matters 2018 Media Fellowship’ through field visits will encourage the selected fellows to document stories on the reality of access to clean water – the crises and the solutions through the lens of individual and community narratives.

Malavika Vyawahare

Malavika Vyawahare is an award-winning environmental journalist who shuttles between the concrete jungle of Delhi and the lush forests of Réunion Island. She writes on energy and environment with a focus on the intersection of health and environment. A Columbia J-School alum, Malavika has worked with The New York Times and Hindustan Times in Delhi.

Manu Moudgil

Manu Moudgil is an independent journalist writing on governance, agriculture, and environment for various mainstream and alternative media outlets. He has travelled extensively and reported from 10 of the 15 major agro-climatic zones of India. Besides writing, he also takes up multimedia consultancies and train journalists on reporting environment and climate change.

Azera Parveen Rahman

Azera Rahman is an independent writer with 13 years of experience in the field of journalism. She writes primarily on development issues, including health and environment, and loves exploring ‘meeting points’ of different issues to zoom out and take a look at the big picture. She writes for various media houses including the Hindu, the Hindu Business Line, IANS, Third Pole, and Discover India (magazine), and also edits books for publishing houses like Penguin Random House India. For her work, Azera has been awarded two national awards—Anupama Jayaraman Memorial Award for the Most Promising Young Woman Journalist (2007), and the UNFPA-Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity (2010). She was also awarded for the Best Story (Print), English, by the Gujarat Media Club in 2018. Azera was also awarded the National Foundation of India (NFI) Media Fellowship in 2014 and, more recently, the DST-SDC (Department of Science and Technology-Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) Media Fellowship 2018 (also known as IHCAP-CMS Media Fellowship).

Pankaj Ramendu

Tired and bored of clichéd newsroom creativity, Pankaj opted for independent writing to express his opinions. For earning his bread and butter, Pankaj also writes scripts for corporate films. Amidst all the struggle a common man goes through, he has managed to write three books: Dar Dar Gange (Fiction/Travelogue by Penguin), Rehadi (Poetry collection by Hind Yugm) and Guldatse ki Gumti (Short stories, to be published). As a playwright, he has more than 5 plays screened at Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal. At present, he is learning to see the world through his 3 year old daughter Saadgi’s perspective.

Pradip Kumar Srivastav

Pradip works as a freelancer for various media organisations including BBC News India, Jansatta and Amar Ujala. Has also worked with publications like Dainik Bhaskar, Nai Dunia News, and Sahara Samay Gorakhpur amongst others.

Sanjeev Srivastava

Sanjeev Srivastava is the former editor of BBC Hindi service, including Internet and radio, having previously been a correspondent reporting across all BBC world service and news outlets in English. He started his broadcasting career in 1994, when he joined the BBC Hindi Service in London. He launched the BBC’s first Mumbai bureau, reporting across BBC television and radio in English, Hindi and Urdu.

Before joining the BBC, he worked with the Times of India and the Indian Express. In 2011, Srivastava travelled across India as a journalism trainer with the BBC World Service Trust and continues to report for the BBC. Srivastava has also served as the editor at large at Firstpost.com and was the editor of DD News prime time show ‘Newsnight’ before joining Focus News as Group editor. He is also the recipient of the Haldi Ghati award for journalism.

Pankaj Pachauri

Pankaj Pachauri is the founder and editor-in-chief of Gonews, India’s first app based TV News channel. Pachauri was associated with NDTV for 15 years. With more than 30 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, he was also associated with other international media houses including the BBC, India Today, The Sunday Observer and the Patriot newspaper.

He has won many awards such as ‘The Statesman Award for Rural Reporting’ in 1989 for his expose on the practice of female infanticide in Rajasthan. He has also received the Srikant Verma Award for journalism in 1990. In January 2012, Pachauri was appointed as the Communications Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office in India under Dr Manmohan Singh.

Anubha Bhonsle

Anubha Bhonsle is an award winning journalist and author. She has a body of work reporting on politics, conflict and gender. As ICFJ Knight Fellow, Anubha is helping newsrooms amplify coverage of Gender and development issues with the single subject news model. She worked with Wire.in on #Grit, a site dedicated to the coverage of manual scavenging, health and sanitation and #GenderAnd at Indian Express.

Anubha has been the Executive Editor and on the founding team at CNN-IBN (now called CNN-News18) where she hosted prime time shows and led the channel’s editorial on big stories.

Anubha has won several awards, including the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Media Person, Asian TV Award and the prestigious Ramnath Goenka for her work on funding of political parties.

Who can apply

  • Print, online, television and photo journalists interested in water, sanitation and hygiene issues
  • Applicants should have minimum three years of experience as a media professional
  • Associated with a media house or independent media professionals
Please Note

  • Applicants should be Indian media professionals, residing in India
  • Previous experience in reporting on WASH and related themes/topics will be an advantage
  • Journalists from non-English media are encouraged to apply
Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose (not more than 500 words)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter of assurance from the media house to publish the stories
  • Two references with contact details
  • Five samples of published work
  • Professional achievements, if any


  • Once selected, the fellows will have to attend an introductory workshop with WaterAid India
  • The selected fellows will be required to travel to minimum two field sites of WaterAid India in the country. The stories may or may not be limited to WaterAid India’s interventions but must contribute to the larger dialogue on the theme
  • The selected candidates will be expected to publish/broadcast long format investigative/ human interest stories, features or photo essays
  • Each fellow is to publish a minimum of three stories during the fellowship period
  • In case of print or online stories, the stories should preferably be in long format, a minimum of 1200 words for dailies, 2000 words for online/magazines. In case of video, it should be exclusive long format content for broadcast platforms (minimum 10 minutes)
  • After the field/site visits, the candidates are expected to share a draft version of their stories with WaterAid India
  • The fellows must acknowledge the support of WaterAid India when they publish or present their stories elsewhere
  • Post the fellowship, the articles/reports become the joint property of WaterAid India and the fellow. Once published, the stories would also be published on WaterAid India’s website www.wateraidindia.in
  • Fellows would be encouraged to promote their stories on social media platforms
  • WaterAid India has the right to question the deliverables and can stall payment if the fellow has not delivered in line with the expectations
  • Each selected fellow will have to sign a detailed Terms of Reference

The Fellowship is of INR 1,00,000 per fellow. This is inclusive of travel, accommodation, site visit and other miscellaneous costs. The disbursal of the fellowship amount will be in three installments – 40% on being selected as a fellow, 30% on the publication of first 2 stories and remaining 30% on the publication of the third story (a TDS component of 10% would be applicable on this payment).

The fellowship will be for a period of eight months (August 2018 – March 2019) where Fellows will be requested to keep WaterAid India in loop regarding the theme, location and travel required for the stories.

  • Fellows will be shortlisted by an expert panel.
  • Six fellows will be selected for the final fellowship grant.
  • The fellows will be informed through a mail and the names will also be announced on WaterAid India’s website.
  • WaterAid India reserves the right to not award any fellowships if applications do not meet a basic minimum standard. All decisions taken by WaterAid India will be final.

Each fellow will be presented with a certificate of appreciation at the end of fellowship.