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WaterAid India develops a wide range of publications including technical reports, policy briefs, operations research, qualitative evaluations, good practice documents, and IEC materials. Available here are these publications for your reading and review.

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Quality and sustainability of toilets

With an aim to ensure open defecation free (ODF) India by 2019, Swachh Bharat Mission has been progressing at a rapid pace. Since its start in October 2014, over four crore toilets have been constructed across rural India. Lakhs of villages and hundreds of districts are being declared ODF across the country. However, there are concerns that the rapid top-down implementation focused on construction targets might have come about at the expense of the quality of the implementation. One key aspect within that would be the toilet technology choice and quality of the toilets built, which would affect the sustainability.

The Water Gap: The State of the World’s Water 2018

Already more than 60% of humanity lives in areas of water stress, where the supply of water cannot or will not continue to meet demand. If water is not managed more prudently – from source, to tap, and back to source – the crises observed today will become the catastrophes of tomorrow. This year’s The State of the World’s Water reveals that the number of people defined as without clean water close to home has gone up, with new entries in our ranking.

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WASH situation under Swachh Bharat Mission: Report of an early assessment in 2016

A concurrent assessment of rural SBM implementation across nine states in January to April 2016, to assess the status of WASH, and propose necessary policy implementation changes.

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Mala, Community Mobilizer and Anita, Panchayat Mobilizer facilitating the MHM session with village women and adolescent girls. Baisenbagh village, post interventionLucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Decoding GST on sanitary pads

ARUNDATI MURALIDHARAN & TANYA MAHAJAN Why does GST matter? After a year-long zealous campaign on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for sanitary pads by Members of Parliament, activists, students and the general public, the Government on India announced on 21 July 2018 that sanitary pads will be exempted from GST, a decision that was thought to benefit the thousands of Indian girls and women who use and want to use sanitary pads. The basic premise for the zero tax movement was that sanitary pads are an essential and not a luxury item for women.  But will tax exemption really...

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