University of Chicago Sanitation Panel

in Publishing & Appearances

Ayush participated in a panel discussion on "Integrating Design in WASH Projects" as part of a convening on " Clean India: Stimulating Behavior Change and Usage", hosted by University of Chicago Center New Delhi.

Sanitation is a complex social and developmental challenge to tackle, and a conversation about a transformational shift in the sector - making our cities and villages open defecation free - is not complete without addressing issues around infrastructure creation, technology, operations and maintenance, business model, communication, behavior change, political will, policy environment, and finally private and public sector capacities.

Ayush stressed the need for including the fundamental issue of design, whether it is the design of toilet building and technology, design of business models, or the design of a long term operating model, and the fact that the application of this core skill in making the experience of the end-user one that could prompt or support a behavior change is often compromised.