SANITATION WORKERS HAVE BEEN THE BLIND SPOT IN INDIA’S MARCH TOWARDS SANITATION.
Sanitation workers are broadly understood to be a single amorphous category, but there exist nine types of work across the value chain.
We looked at mental models impacting entry into the job, worker perceptions, behaviour on-the-job and pathways for progression.
We studied the role of caste in perpetuating unsafe conditions for workers as well as the choices and constraints faced by women.
We looked at the quality of the toilet and sanitation system interface, sanitation infrastructure, cleaning equipment and safety gear.
We analyzed government priorities for sanitation workers, policy design, financing, organization, systems and processes and capacity building.
After understanding the problem and identifying best practices throughout the sector, we developed a list of potential solutions which form part of a strategic blueprint to address the problem, including high-level recommendations for a few cities, strategic partnerships, and metrics to prioritize the implementation of these solutions.
On the job