Fostering learning and collaboration among BMGF WSH Partners in India (Dasra)

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Fostering learning and collaboration among BMGF WSH Partners in India

Our organization (Dasra) works on a BMGF grant to engage the BMGF-funded portfolio of Indian partners in the urban sanitation space. We primarily work on:

1. Creating a community of practice
2. Building capacity among grantee organizations
3. Amplifying work done by grantees to multiple stakeholders

Further details about our project can be found here in the SuSanA project database.

Resources we have worked on that may be of use to forum members include:

1. A website (Chorus) we have built to enable partners to connect. We plan to build this website out into a knowledge repository capturing knowledge in the sector, and welcome inputs from members on this forum.
2. An infographic on ODF and ODF++
3. A booklet explaining the basics of FSM, which can be used as an advocacy tool
4. Our YouTube channel with videos we have created for advocacy and awareness

We look forward to hearing from forum members who may be working on similar projects across the world, and hope we can collaborate in the future!
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Re: Fostering learning and collaboration among BMGF WSH Partners in India

Dear Sanaya Sinha
Thanks for this important entry on the Forum.

I can see DASRA playing an important catalyst role in India when it comes to learning and sharing of results within the sanitation sector. Your programme is ambitious. I noticed most of the material is on the Chorus website. Is this website easily found when people are searching for sanitation information? The search term "Chorus" may prove misleading and a little abstract.

I see Chorus works well as a yellow pages to identify the partners. I couldn't however find the descriptions of the projects each partner is carrying out. Nor could I find any reports from the partners. Can you provide some guidance?

I can see the Task Forces being very useful and several meetings have been held. Under resources for each Task Force there were some reports to be found but only under a few of the Task Forces. These documents are buried in Google drive and DropBox folders and it isn't clear whether these are the results of the work funded by BMGF or from other relevant activities. Will it be possible to curate this material so that it comes to life and is found higher up in the Chorus website?

Is there a communications strategy that will continue these efforts beyond 2018 when the 3-yr BMGF support terminates? It will take longer than this first period to create the community of practice. I find the Task Forces particularly relevant. Will it be possible to bring in other partners from across India than just those funded by BMGF?

You are encouraged to use the SuSanA Forum to help develop the "community of practice" and dissemination of knowledge that has been started. Any reports you wish to highlight can be launched on the Forum as well. And we would entertain a few webinars by some of the partners.

We look forward to further updates over the next few months.

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Arno Rosemarin PhD
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Re: Fostering learning and collaboration among BMGF WSH Partners in India

Hi Sanaya,

I would like to draw attention to a thematic discussion on ODF+ (etc) at this link forum.susana.org/swachh-bharat-abhiyan-i...-of-sanitation-india . You can take a look at some of the responses that would be relevant for this community.

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Re: Fostering learning and collaboration among BMGF WSH Partners in India

Dear Arno,

Thank you for your detailed response to the post! Please find below some of the answers to your questions.

Chorus was initially created as a closed platform for Gates Foundation partners to connect with each other and share knowledge; we are in the process of opening out sections of the website to a broader audience, as a result of which you might have had restricted access to certain pages. Once we make the website public, we will look to identify which terms we can use to enable the website to appear in a Google search.

We are also in the process of creating a detailed knowledge taxonomy for the website, and hope to put this in place over the coming months; we will curate documents already on the website, as well as host other documents.

The Annual Partners Meet 2018 (a platform for Gates Foundation urban WSH grantees) concluded last week, with a focus on communications, institution building and technologies. We hope to work together with partners to craft a long term communications strategy for each partner organizations, as well as for the sector as a whole.

We are currently discussing the evolving role of Taskforces, and do intend to open up task force membership to external organizations over the coming year – stay tuned for further details!

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Sanaya (Dasra)
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