On April 30, 2024, a learning lab on measuring gender intentionality in WASH was organized under the SCI-AI project at GWSC in collaboration with the NFSSM alliance. Members from academic institutes, multilateral organizations, development partners, and NGOs attended the lab. 

The learning lab was divided into two sessions. The first session featured Dr Sheila Sinharoy from Emory University on an overview of efforts under JMP to improve the monitoring of gender in WASH and a session by Anju Dwivedi and Abhinav Kumar on a review of WASH policies, programs, and M&E frameworks in India. The second session featured a presentation on key learnings from the piloting of the Gender Intentionality Index developed by the SCI-AI team and the piloting of an M&E tool based on the MUSE framework by Athena Infonomics. 

We thank all the organizers, presenters, and panellists for collaborating to make this workshop a success, as well as all the attendees who participated in the learning lab.

On May 2, 2024, a webinar on Role of Statutory Bodies in Abating River Pollution was organized by the SCI-AI programme at GWSC, AIT, in partnership with the NFSSM Alliance and TREADS@CPR.

The webinar comprised two sessions. The first session examined the evolving role of the NGT in addressing river pollution, featuring a presentation by Anindita Mukherjee and Isha Khurana from SCI AI, GWSC, AIT. This was followed by a panel discussion featuring D.P. Mathuria from Central Water Commission, MoJS; Binaya Kumar Dash from the Government of Odisha; B. Sengupta (Former Member Secretary of CPCB); Mandeep Kalra (practicing lawyer at NGT); and Hrudananda Mohanty from SCI AI, GWSC, AIT. 

The second session, moderated by Srinivas Chokkakula, President and CEO, CPR and MoJS Research Chair, focused on international experiences to strengthen efforts in mitigating river pollution. Insights from the Rhine Rejuvenation project in Europe, the Selangor experience in Malaysia, and the involvement of local bodies in tackling river pollution were discussed by Debarshee Dasgupta from TREADS @ CPR, Haslina Binti Amer from LUAS; Nitin Bassi from CEEW; and Depinder Kapur from CSE.

The webinar was well-attended from various sectors, including members and students from academic institutions, development partners, practising lawyers, environmental scientists, sector practitioners, and representatives from think tanks.

We extend our gratitude to all the co-organizers, moderators, panellists, and attendees for their collaboration and participation, which contributed to the success of this webinar.

On May 8, 2024, a webinar titled “From Risk to Resilience: Climate Change and Disaster Adaptation Strategies for WASH” was organized by the SCI-AI project at GWSC, AIT in collaboration with the NFSSM alliance. It was attended by representatives from academic institutes, multilateral/bilateral organizations, development partners, CSOs, NGOs and sector experts.  

The webinar was divided into two sessions- a) The first session explored mitigation and adaptation strategies and frameworks tailored to the WASH sector within the Indian context. Delving deeper, this session will analyze the risks and challenges posed by climate change and examine the pivotal role of national, state, local, and community institutions in fostering resilience to these challenges, b) The second session discussed the institutional and policy hurdles encountered in WASH management during disasters, while also exploring comprehensive strategies and frameworks for implementing mitigation and adaptation measures in such critical situations.

We thank all the organizers, presenters, and panellists for collaborating to make this workshop a success, as well as all the attendees who participated in the workshop.