Sanitation

According to UN-Water, every USD 1 spent on sanitation in developing countries typically sees USD 9 saved in health, education and economic development. In India, while the government and other key stakeholders have made considerable progress in the past few years, sanitation as an issue has been neglected for much of our post-independence history. Within this context, Dasra started working on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in 2012, to build knowledge on WASH-related issues, and to usher in a strategic approach to tackling these issues through funding, collaboration and capacity building of key stakeholders.


Causes

Learn about causes that deserve urgent attention in India and leading social organizations spearheading transformation on the ground.
  • Improving Urban Sanitation

    With over 50% of Indians lacking access to a toilet, India accounts for 59% of the 1.1 billion people worldwide who defecate in the open. This...

  • Improving Menstrual Health and Hygiene

    In the absence of a household toilet in India, 66% of the girls manage their period outside or in an open field. 23% of girls drop out of school...

  • Empowering Adolescent Girls

    63 million girls live in homes without toilets while 80% use unsanitary material such as husk and ash to manage their menstruation. This makes...

  • Improving Sanitation and Hygiene for Adolescent Girls

    Sixty three million adolescent girls in India lack access to private toilets, 70% have never heard of menstruation before getting their first...


Insights

Gain perspective on emerging discussions shaping the development landscape in India.
  • Enhancing School Sanitation

    Improving sanitation infrastructure (toilets and waste management systems) in schools is one component of an effective strategy to improve...

  • Grantmaking with a Gender Lens

    Out of India’s 120 million adolescent girls, 63 million lack access to private toilets. Dasra’s whitepaper ‘In Sight’ will help grant makers...