Project Sammaan’s mission is to increase toilet usage and reduce open defecation and related illnesses in urban contexts.

Project Sammaan is a collaboration with the Bhubaneswar and Cuttack Municipal corporations to build user friendly community toilets in urban slums, mobilize communities to manage and to use these facilities, and to study behavior change processes to understand how to encourage sustained use of community toilet facilities. The key to attaining its objectives was the creation of an urban community sanitation model that could work as a broadly adaptable template.

A model that has:

financial
sustainability

a government/
public partnership mechanism

user-centric
design

community
management

scalability
and contextual
adaptability

About the Toolkit

The Sammaan toolkit contains learnings from all areas of the project along with practical resources developed by the project team. In each section, we have tried to highlight key insights and provide simple guidelines for implementation.

  • Design and construction – Design and construction of user-friendly facilities.
  • Operations and maintenance – Implementation of a formal system of community management.
  • Behavioral interventions – Testing of behavior change interventions and collection of usage data to assess impact.
  • Community engagement – Framework for engagement with users and community members
  • Stakeholder collaboration – Ecosystem for collaboration to implement community toilet projects end to end
DESIGN &
CONSTRUCTION
OPERATIONS &
MAINTENANCE
BEHAVIOURAL
INTERVENTIONS
COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT
STAKEHOLDER
COLLABORATION
Not sure where to begin?
See our Toolkit Guide
  • TESTIMONIALS

  • OUR REACH

39

facilities
operational

355

number
of seats

965700

number of
flushes/uses

  • PARTNERS