Water and Sanitation Initiative - FICCI


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Despite the significant efforts by the Government of India and other actors in this sector, the scale of the problem with poor sanitation and hygiene continues to be one of the major causes of sickness, death and lack of human dignity in the country. Today around 632 million people in India alone have no access to sanitation.

Recently, the Indian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) hosted a meeting in New Delhi with the aim of entering partnership on sanitation with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Iindustry (FICCI) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In the meeting, we at FICCI, shared a bit about our work in the domain. We have been actively participating in water and sanitation initiatives in the country both through state level and national level programmes. FICCI has brought technologies developed by DRDO including eco-friendly bio digester toilets for public use as part of our clean sanitation drive. FICCI’s Corporate Water Stewardship programme as well FICCI water awards have successfully created awareness for water management and conservation amongst corporate India.

We envisage our partnership with IFRC and WHO as crucial for scaling up the clean sanitation effort. We believe our partnership with IFRC will further strengthen private sector collaboration with civil society and organisations like IFRC and ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all.

This is the presentation we made during the meeting.

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Water and Sanitation Initiative - FICCI

  1. 1. WATSAN INITIATIVE Vinita Sethi, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI
  2. 2. Fact sheet - India 97 million people without access to improved sources of drinking water, second only to China 1250 people die each day from Diarrhea related diseases Almost 70 % of surface water resources and a growing percentage of groundwater reserves are contaminated by biological, toxic, organic and inorganic pollutants Organic and bacterial contamination continue to be critical in water bodies
  3. 3. Fact sheet - India
  4. 4. Fact sheet - India Over 600 million people practice open defecation India accounts for 90 % (approx) of the people in South Asia who practice open defecation Census 2001, 36.4% of the households had access to latrine, which increased to 46.9% in Census 2011 Only 53 % of the population wash hands with soap after defecation Only 38 % wash hands with soap before eating Only 30 % wash hands with soap before preparing food Only 6 % of rural children less than five years of age use toilets
  5. 5. Fact sheet - India
  6. 6. About FICCI Established in 1927 as an apex Chamber of Commerce & Industry in India Membership from corporate sector: private and public Direct & Indirect membership of over 2,50,000 business entities and associations To be the thought leader for industry, its voice for policy change and its guardian for effective implementation To carry forward our initiatives in support of rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth that encompasses health, education, livelihood, governance and skill development To enhance the efficiency and global competitiveness of the Indian industry and to expand business opportunities both in domestic and foreign markets through a range of specialized services and global linkages
  7. 7. Graduating role of Private Sector with International Agencies such as IFRC Building the resilience of communities Support humanitarian activities via its investments in socio-economic landscape Environmental and social concerns have increasingly been mainstreamed on the agendas of businesses Increasingly willing to establish cross sector partnerships for making their specific capabilities available to the international community Humanitarian organizations are also recognizing that the private sector has more to offer in terms of material and human resources, know-how & technological innovation
  8. 8. FICCI Members in CSR Aspires to facilitate a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society by working in education and related development areas Focused primarily on creating iconic institutions of excellence in learning across the education spectrum Aims to provide education to the weaker sections of the society, so as to make them employable
  9. 9. FICCI Members in CSR Working towards ensuring drinking water security in villages through water sufficiency for each household programme Community led sustainable approaches for improving access to water and sanitation in rural and urban areas
  10. 10. FICCI Members in CSR Created to help meet the needs of families when their child faces a fight for their life Create a high quality, compassionate healthcare awareness , prevention and support system for the underprivileged sections of the society
  11. 11. Engaging private sector with organisations such as IFRC We propose greater engagement between organisations such as IFRC and private sector to: Leverage on each other’s strengths and create a virtuous cycle of growth and development agenda reinforcing each other by mainstreaming private sector initiatives in development & human welfare initiatives of Humanitarian organisations Concretize an agenda for development that addresses issues related to human development, especially in a young country like India where demographic dividend can become a crises if not nurtured well Contribute to peoples’ welfare by universalizing access to basic services at affordable costs and promote equitable growth that trickles down to the bottom of the pyramid
  12. 12. FICCI’s contribution to development agenda To provide a platform to leverage Indian creativity, expertise, and resources to identify and scale innovative solutions being developed and tested in India for the benefit of Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Population. A joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, FICCI; Stanford Graduate School of Business and the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas , is aimed to accelerate innovative Indian technologies into the global markets Working in areas of Skill development, Affordable Housing Projects, Geo Spatial Technologies and Clean Water & Sanitation for Uttarakhand Rehabilitation and is working closely with the State Government and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in identifying and implementing the rehabilitation work
  13. 13. FICCI’s contribution to development agenda FICCI Water Awards FICCI Water Risk Study FICCI and Earthwatch Institute Urban Freshwater Programme Corporate Water Stewardship programme Clean Ganga Initiative Clean Yamuna Initiative As DRDO’s partner, FICCI is nurturing socially impactful Innovations through incubation and mentoring programs such as the Bio-Digester Eco-Friendly Sanitation and RO Drinking Water