FRANK Water will be making their latest inroad into one of the world’s most pressing problems - the lack of water and sanitation for hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people.
FRANK will be bringing together representatives from the Indian central and local government as well as other NGOs including Water Aid and IRC WASH to share what they have learned by applying the principles of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) to water and sanitation work in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
Over the last two years, FRANK have been working with international consultancy ARUP and two of India's most progressive NGOs in the water and sanitation sector, The People’s Science Institute and the Samerth Charitable Trust map water resources, share data, encourage groundwater recharge and eventually improve access to sustainable and safely managed water and sanitation services.
FRANK Water India Programme Manager, Jon Shepherd said: “The poor allocation of water is already one of the world’s most pressing problems and this project aims to directly help communities to understand and manage their water better. This meeting in Raipur, India brings together government and NGOs to look at how we can improve the system around those people who are still lack clean drinking water, which is still sadly many hundreds of millions of people across the world.”
UN Secretary General António Guterres “Without effective management of our water resources, we risk intensified disputes between communities and sectors and even increased tensions among nations.”
As part of the state level workshop, FRANK will introduce a prototype of their WASH Basins Toolkit & new mobile based App. This interactive application, a new innovation in the water sector, will set out a six stage process for building a water security plan and uses India Space Programme technology to create accurate assessments of the water situation on the ground. This app will help other NGOs and local governments apply the principles of IWRM to their own programmes across India and other parts of the world where water is in short supply.