Covid 19 and Sanitation Response of Indian Cities

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Resilient Urban Sanitation Response Framework

Please find attached a Framework we developed as an organic engagement in Covid 19 Urban Sanitation Response in India.

This framework may please be seen as a de colonisation of WASH Knowledge input. Designed as a simple practitioners framework, identifying priorities that we experienced and find missing in most international frameworks coming out today for Covid 19 and city response, that are not rooted in the reality of a country context.

In this case, sanitation workers safety, the timeliness, appropriateness and effectiveness of the sanitation response -  was a gap that we could identify and tried to plug through this Framework. Hence its practical approach. 

We applied this framework to a documentation of Covid 19 and city sanitation response( of 20 Indian cities and will be happy to share that report when ready.

Comments, suggestions and critique of the Framework most welcome.
Depinder Kapur is a senior Development and WASH expert and is currently leading the Sanitation Capacity Building Platform of National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi that is focussed on non sewered sanitation systems( scbp.niua.org). He has worked with AKRSP, SPWD, CARE(Director NRM), Oxfam(Program & Advocacy Director), WaterAid India(Country Head) and WSSCC(National Coordinator).

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Re: Resilient Urban Sanitation Response Framework

Thank you Depinder for posting this excellent resource.

To me it is also an excellent example of operationalising the Rapid Action Learning (RAL) framework developed by Prof. Robert Chambers and his colleagues at IDS. It is available on the forum here:  forum.susana.org/196-capacity-developmen...ction-learning#31042

Like RUSR, the RAL framework also emphasises on timely, relevant and actionable inputs to policy makers. I think, many would agree that such a framework is extremely important when the area of scholarship is rapidly evolving (such as CoVID-19) or a programme is being implemented in a mission mode (such as SBM). 

I agree that such frameworks that emerge from the Global South are more rooted and respond to ground realities often not addressed or inadequately addressed by frameworks developed by researchers in the Global North. However, I am curious why you mention that this resource be seen as an effort of decolonising WASH sector knowledge? Are you hinting at classifying future publications as those that contribute or not to decolonisation of knowledge? If yes, what criteria should we use to classify? 

I look forward to the report based on application of the framework in 20 cities. I think it will be interesting to understand and compare how their responses were different.

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Re: Resilient Urban Sanitation Response Framework

Hi Paresh,

I had made the "decolonization of knowledge" comment in a light vein - emphasising what Ms. Euphresia had in her IRC talk on Deceolonization of WASH Knowledge mentioned - that Covid 19 has ensured that western experts cannot parachute into developing countries of Asia and Africa, to launch new frameworks and projects. 

Racism is a deep rooted issue and manifests itself in several domains including learning and capacity development, in frameworks and discussions. There cannot be guidelines for this. 

I am separately posting the report of cities that we produced. Alongwith the RUSR framework infographic. 
Depinder Kapur is a senior Development and WASH expert and is currently leading the Sanitation Capacity Building Platform of National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi that is focussed on non sewered sanitation systems( scbp.niua.org). He has worked with AKRSP, SPWD, CARE(Director NRM), Oxfam(Program & Advocacy Director), WaterAid India(Country Head) and WSSCC(National Coordinator).

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Re: Covid 19 and Sanitation Response of Indian Cities

Pleased to share the documentation of urban sanitation response by Indian Cities - a documentation of actions taken during the 4 months of lockdown under Covid 19 in India. 

The study is a joint initiative of AIILSG Mumbai and NIUA. It captures the city responses and tries to summarise the experience using the Resilient Urban Sanitation Response (RUSR) Framework that was developed as an organic process of engagement with Covid 19 urban sanitation work. 

The Framework and the Report may please be seen as a capacity development contribution from Group 1. 

Critique, comments, questions and suggestions are most welcome.
Depinder Kapur is a senior Development and WASH expert and is currently leading the Sanitation Capacity Building Platform of National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi that is focussed on non sewered sanitation systems( scbp.niua.org). He has worked with AKRSP, SPWD, CARE(Director NRM), Oxfam(Program & Advocacy Director), WaterAid India(Country Head) and WSSCC(National Coordinator).

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