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Sanitation grand challenge for Indian innovators

Published on: 05/04/2019

Winning solutions will receive grants to implement their models in Chandrapur District, Maharashtra.

The Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge is an open innovation platform set up to identify and implement sustainable sanitation projects, which can be replicated at district level not only in the state of Maharashtra but also nationally.

The Grand Challenge will focus on four themes: toilet usage, school sanitation, sanitation workers and faecal sludge management. Any Indian organisation including NGOs, Social Enterprises, For-Profit Companies, Academic Institutions and others can submit their solutions online before May 1st, 2019.

The Top 50 solutions will be registered on a funder marketplace by October 2019 while the Top 20 solutions will additionally be invited to funder and networking forums. The winning solutions will receive grant capital to implement their projects for a duration of 6-12 months starting with Chandrapur District of Maharashtra. In addition, these projects will receive capacity building support and local implementation support and an opportunity to potentially replicate projects that demonstrate success across Maharashtra and India.

The Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge is the flagship project of the WASH platform, an initiative of Samhita Social Ventures and the India Sanitation Coalition, in partnership with CEPT University, and with support from the Gates Foundation, the Government of Maharashtra and UNICEF. Other Grand Challenge partners include Viacom18, RBL Bank and the World Toilet Organization. IRC is a Grand Challenge talent partner.

Watch the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge video.