Sept. 11, 2012: More people practice open defecation in India than anywhere in the world – more than 600 million individuals. Although access to improved sanitation is steadily increasing in India since the year 2000 the pace of change is too slow. If the current trend continues, India will miss the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for sanitation, and without India the world will not be able to achieve its targets. Clearly accelerating access to and use of toilets and hygiene practices have become a national priority for India.
New Delhi: At a time when protests against corruption have put the government in a fix, the Planning Commission has picked governance as the key to successful implementation of flagship programmes.
The plan panel has incorporated its concerns on governance deficit in its approach paper to the 12th Five Year Plan, which the commission, is headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “Governance deficit is a hurdle to the key programmes and there should be efforts to improve governance,” Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, said.
"Advocacy Sourcebook: A Guide to advocacy for WSSCC co-ordinators working on the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaign", published in December 2003 by WSSCC and WaterAid, is a source book that offers practical guidance on advocacy work related to water and sanitation and is a useful resource for anyone wanting to undertake advocacy work on these themes.
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July 26, 2012: This document by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is a draft of the WASH advocacy and communication strategy 2012-2017. It is a framework to guide the execution of advocacy and communication efforts related to toilet construction and use and key critical WASH behaviours at the national, state and district level.
The goal of the framework is to make sure that people have access to, and use a toilet and practice good hygiene, including hand washing with soap after the toilet and before food.