Jaipur, November 24th, 2014: World Toilet Organization (WTO), WASTE and Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health (FINISH) Society signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to promote and strengthen initiatives for sanitation and waste management in India.
The MOU was signed by Jack Sim- Founder of WTO, Valentin Post- Director of WASTE and Vijay Athreye – Co-founder of FINISH. It is designed to bolster better and accessible sanitation for Indian citizens and to support the Government of India in its initiatives in this area. The main objectives of this cooperation agreement are to support the government of India to make this country: A) Open defecation Free B) To support sustained usage of sanitation systems created. C) To support valorisation of excreta in a safe and dignified manner.
Through this joint effort, this MoU will support the important flow of information and experiences from on the ground implementation into the policy dialogue, lobbying and advocacy work and also serve as the overall agreement under which a number of Cooperation Agreements can be formulated.
Looking forward to this new phase of development, Co-founder of FINISH, Vijay Athreye said: “We are excited to collaborate with WTO and WASTE to bring better sanitation systems and waste management in India. By joining hands with WTO and WASTE, we plan to give the cause of sanitation a much needed impetus through a combination of policy dialogue, lobbying and advocacy and on the ground implementation support.”
On this occasion, Jack Sim, Founder of WTO, stated: “World Toilet Organisation, WASTE and FINISH Society share the common goal of ensuring that sanitation is accessible and affordable to all citizens of the world. In India too this agenda has been taken up as a priority by the government and we are here to pledge our support towards this cause.”
Valentin Post, Director of WASTE added: “On the occasion of the World Toilet Day last week, it was evident that sanitation is now a topic being taken up by countries world over. We are happy that in India too, the focus is now on ensuring a defecation free nation with easy access to sanitation. We are thrilled to sign this MoU with WTO and WASTE and will do everything possible to strengthen sanitation initiatives in the country.”
About FINISH: FINISH Society ‘Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health’, is established with an aim to promote sustainable and equitable development of the sanitation sector in India through generating awareness along with economic incentives and thereby, improving lives of poor rural and peri-urban households.
Finish Society is supported by WASTE (with a grant from DGIS initiating this) and an increasing number of development partners as well as State Governments. Its implementation model follows an interlinked strategy of creating demand for sanitation through an extensive network of over 60 local partners operating in 10 different States of India (Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal).
About WASTE: WASTE is an over 30 year old foundation specialising as technical agency working on the soft side of sanitation and waste management through capacity development of its partners in many countries of the World. Its strengths lie in supporting implementation not only conceptually and network-wise, but also in terms of financial, institutional, environmental, technical and social sustainability (FIETS). It is currently active in a round 25 countries around the globe. WASTE has entered into a contract with Finish Society in India to implement the Financial Inclusion Improves sanitation and Health program on behalf of WASTE and its fellow board members. WASTE has an extensive network with financial institutions, businesses, NGO’s, and Government organisations and has expressed its interest to collaborate with WTO commencing in India.
About World Toilet Organization: Founded on 19 November 2001, World Toilet Organization (WTO) is a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. WTO empowers individuals through education, training and building local marketplace opportunities to advocate for clean and safe sanitation facilities in their communities.