The focus in the regional programme for South Asia will be on the strengthening of the south-south relations in the IRC network of existing partners. The strategy focuses primarily on improving the performance of stakeholders in the sector by the development of a platform for learning and sharing.
Selection of programmes and activities of IRC and partners in South Asia.
Country specific information, such as country profiles, country-specific documents, web sites focusing on Asia.
This section contains the outcomes of visioning exercises that were part of IRC's South Asia work
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SACOSAN III in Asia ended with a final declaration. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh stressed that "sanitation issues need to be given priority in our development policy approaches". Among the many issues that he raised, sustainability was one: "we need to address the issue of sustainability. I am told that 20% of the toilets built in our country are not functional because of a variety of factors, from poor construction to the lack of adequate maintenance".
Prior to the SACOSAN III, civil society met for 2 days and came out with their own declaration: "Declaration of the Pre-SACOSAN Civil Society Meet: Our demands for urgent action". It says that since the previous SACOSAN, 3 years ago, one million children have died from diarrhoea in South Asia. All organisations have committed themselves to work on eight key issues that need to be addressed in order to achieve equitable, substantial and sustainable growth in the number of people able to access safe sanitation and hygiene services.
For the PM speech, see: http://pmindia.nic.in/lspeech.asp?id=756
NGO_Declaration_final.pdf (128.7 kB)
This new, free publication was launched on Global Handwashing Day, Friday 15 October 2010. The book aims to boost hygiene promotion efforts. It contains 11 case studies from different countries and two keynote papers from international experts, all written to help people to design programmes for the effective promotion of good hygiene practices.