NFSSM Alliance partners
A national working group was convened in January 2016 with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with the mandate to build consensus around and drive the discourse on Faecal sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) at a policy level, and promote peer learning among members to achieve synergies for scaled implementation and reduce duplication of efforts. The National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance (NFSSMA) currently comprises of 30 national and international organizations working synergistically towards sanitation solutions in India and works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and several state and city governments through its members.
The strength of the Alliance lies in its diverse membership, which includes research institutes, academic institutions, think-tanks, quasi-government bodies, implementing organizations, data experts, consultants and intermediaries. This enables a multi-disciplinary view of urban sanitation, with members building on each other’s expertise. Coming together as a collaborative lent significant solemnity and credibility when approaching the Government, and resulted in policy recommendations that were inclusive, comprehensive, and had buy-in from several stakeholders in the sector. Having members who had worked closely with the government for decades was an added advantage.