India

In India, the focus is on holding WASH service providers to account and building the capacities of CSOs by helping local partner organisations to understand budgeting and financing for WASH and IWRM. The states of Bihar and Odisha have prioritised WASH as a developmental objective and designed a programmatic framework in line with national programmes. National guidelines prescribe local water security planning and the creation of village water and sanitation committees to manage local WASH schemes. These CSOs focus on social inclusion in marginalised groups such as the low-caste Mahadalits in Bihar, looking at power relationships within these societies and determining the effects on access to WASH services. Another focus is on the documentation of case studies about the success and failures from WASH interventions, demonstrating the importance of integrating WASH with water resources management and climate adaption.The Watershed team in India works together with among others the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, Gram Utthan, Regional Centre for Development Cooperation and Poorvanchal Gramin Vikas Sansathan.