Collaboration towards Inclusive Sanitation

The National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (NFSSM) Alliance, formed in 2016, drives efforts in mainstreaming Inclusive Sanitation, and nurturing Technology and Innovation within Indian urban sanitation. Formed initially to drive national discourse on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM), the Alliance has been pivotal in bringing together sectoral expertise of 35+ diverse organisations (NGOs, CSOs, Academic Institutions, Think Tanks). This collaboratively fosters innovation in urban sanitation planning, infrastructure, services, and climate resilience to ensure safe, inclusive and equitable sanitation outcomes for all.

Why the Need for Inclusive Sanitation?

Improper sanitation disproportionately affects vulnerable communities including women, trans folx and other gender minorities, urban poor, historically secluded groups and persons with disabilities. About 23 million girls drop out of school every year in India due to improper sanitation management facilities in schools. The Alliance operates to ensure that inclusion and equity form the nexus of sanitation planning and execution at each level. This ensures that vulnerable communities are empowered to not only get access and benefit from safe sanitation, but also play central roles in the decision-making process and service delivery.

How the NFSSM Alliance Works Collaboratively?

The Alliance is a national working group focused on fostering Collaborative Action towards safe and sustainable human waste management at the national, state, and city levels. We work with our network of partners in 19+ states to build consensus and encourage discourse on inclusive sanitation in India across priority areas.

Why the Need for Collaborative Action?

Innovative solutions achieved through collaborative actions catered to local contexts are crucial to address the precise needs of inclusive sanitation in India. Urban India’s topographical diversity and spatial challenges along with increased disaster risks due to climate change pose multifaceted difficulties. To solve this, the Alliance nurtures an enabling environment for innovative, inclusive, and resilient technologies and solutions to be scaled across India that is made possible through the support and commitment of our stakeholders.

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What is Our Goal?

Our Vision

An India where all 7900+ cities and towns safely manage their human waste with inclusion, equity and sustainability.

Our Mission

Collaboratively nurturing an enabling environment for safe, sustainable, climate resilient and inclusive sanitation through knowledge, partnerships and innovative solutions.

How the NFSSM Alliance works with members

The National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance is a national working group focused on fostering Collaborative Action towards safe and sustainable human waste management at the national, state, and city levels. We work with our network of partners in 19+ states to build consensus and encourage discourse on inclusive sanitation in India across four priority areas.

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Our Members

Members Speak

Being a part of the NFSSM Alliance, has also exposed me to different approaches and rich experiences that people have across a range of issues. It is vital to sustain whatever work has been done for FSSM and to scale it up and cull out the right learnings towards the goal of inclusive sanitation.

Depinder Kapur

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)

Being surrounded by a community of experts, as part of the NFSSM Alliance, has played an instrumental role in helping CWAS scale efforts. Even though CWAS has strong relationships with the government, when 30+ organizations come together to approach the government, it has a much greater impact.

Aasim Mansuri

Centre for Water and Sanitation (CWAS)

The NFSSM Alliance is an enabling avenue for us to learn from each other and build synergies.

Aveek De

eGov Foundation

The NFSSM Alliance is one of the only collectives that is actively advocating for an inclusive lens in SBM, AMRUT. It is helping to demonstrate solutions and present evidence-based action to State and National Governments.

Meghna Malhotra

Urban Management Centre (UMC)

The NFSSM Alliance has played a pivotal role in bringing urban sanitation, its urgency and complexity, to the centerstage. The Alliance has also provided a space for organizations to share their strengths with each other. Cross learning between organizations has been at an all-time high.

Niladri Chokrabarti

Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)

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