Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a private foundation, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.
The Foundation has supported several sanitation initiatives globally and Project Sammaan is one such initiative. BMGF is one of the primary funders of this project.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC)
BMC and CMC are the urban local bodies in the Project cities Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, respectively. Empowered by the Indian constitution, they are tasked with providing city services in sectors, such as health & sanitation, slum development, urban planning, waste management, etc. to improve the quality of life of their citizens.
In Project Sammaan, BMC and CMC are majority funders of toilet construction and ultimate owners of the toilet facilities. They are key partners in the project and aid in the facilitation of the following project components:
Site selection assistance
Land tendering and provisions
Oversee construction of facilities
Manage sewerage and waste treatment systems
Overlook functioning of facilities (with support of TARU team)
NBCC (India) Limited (formerly National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited), is a blue-chip Government of India ‘Navratna’ Enterprise, under the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. It is a Central Public-Sector Undertaking which trades publicly in the market and is largely owned by Government of India. It engages in the Real Estate Development & Construction business, and also provides Project Management Consultancy.
Under Project Sammaan, theorganization has been nominated by BMC and CMC to coordinate construction of toilet facilities and project management.
J-PAL is a network of 70 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of Randomized Evaluations (REs) to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence.
J-PAL is the Primary Grantee and Principal Investigators under Project Sammaan. They are supporting project planning and implementation (in terms of site selection, facilitations, and approvals, etc.), research, field surveys and interactions, monitoring and evaluation for the facilities.
TARU is a leading development advisory and think tank delivering innovative transformative solutions and insights in the development space. TARU’s mission is to `bridge the Science-Institutions-Society interface with a core agenda of providing transformative solutions to the development challenges’.
TARU is the lead implementing partner in-charge of construction monitoring, process documentation, branding, monitoring of operations and maintenance (O&M) activities, activating grievance redressal mechanisms, government laisoning and capacity building. For this purpose, TARU has set up a Project Management Office and placed Operations Help Desks in both Municipal Corporations.
CFAR is an Indian organization committed to working and collaborating with marginal communities. It has expertise in conducting research, process documentation, capacity building and strengthening advocacy by leveraging media and networking to shape and impact policy issues related to urban poor.
CFAR is Project Sammaan’s community engagement partner. Their scope of work covers two primary areas: pre-construction dialogue and O&M training. Pre-construction dialogue is where communities are informed about Project Sammaan community toilet facility to be built in their community. Communities are mobilized to elect managers. CFAR, then, provides management training for the facility staff, who are empowered to maintain the facility on daily basis. CFAR is also responsible for conducting user training in all sites to teach communities about using facilities properly and convey other essential information.
NIFT is an institute of design, management and technology that is governed by NIFT Act 2006, under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. NIFT-B centre is one of the latest additions to the existing countrywide gamut of NIFT.
NIFT-B is the branding agency for Project Sammaan. It is tasked with developing branding elements (one of the stepping stones) of the facilities, i.e. logo, signage, stationary and uniforms.
Feedback Foundation is the community engagement entity of Feedback Infrastructure Services Private Limited, which assesses, administers, and advocates for community engagement in development projects.
Under Project Sammaan, Foundation will be working for Demand Generation, a modified form of Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS), in Project Sammaan communities. The Foundation was also part of the architectural engineering team (in initial phases on the project).
CDD Society is a not-for-profit organization formally promoting decentralized sanitation solutions across India.
CDD will be conducting orientations, for engineers and other technical staff related to Project Sammaan, on the design, construction, and functioning of Improved Septic Tanks with Soak Pits. Additionally, they will be providing support for commissioning of septic tanks.
Ajatus Software is a software house, specializing in rich web and mobile development. It provides end-to-end solutions in designing and developing analytical platforms, web & mobile applications, software testing, etc.
For Project Sammaan, Ajatus has developed the mobile application for the Monitoring Tool, which will help track facility usage by research participants. They will provide some troubleshooting support in case of app failure.
Unilever is a consumer goods company producing foods, beverages, cleaning agents, personal care products and water purifiers.
Unilever has committed to providing Project Sammaan facilities with certain of their cleaning supplies for a year. These supplies include hand wash, floor cleaner, detergent, and HCL-based toilet cleaner.
Monell Chemical Senses Center is a non-profit independent scientific institute located at the University City Science Center (Research Campus) in Philadelphia (US). Monell conducts and publishes interdisciplinary basic research on taste, smell and chemesthesis.
Under Project Sammaan, they will conduct research on odours at Project facilities.