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
- Overseeing construction of facilities
- Monitoring functioning of facilities
- Redressal of grievances and release of grant funding
BMGF 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 numerous sanitation initiatives globally and Project Sammaan is one such initiative. BMGF is one of the primary funders of this project.
J-PAL is a network of 180 affiliated professors around the world, and its mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientiﬁc evidence. It conducts randomized controlled trials to isolate the impact of interventions, disseminates key lessons on what works to reduce poverty, and builds the capacity of policy-makers and practitioners to generate their own evidence on what works in poverty alleviation.
J-PAL is the Primary Grantee and Principal Investigators under Project Sammaan. They are lead partners for project planning and implementation, research and data collection, and documentation and dissemination of project learnings.
CFAR is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the rights of a cross-section of marginal communities. Its mission statement of providing a voice for the voiceless – is translated holistically across the many endeavors. As a public interest research and advocacy group, CFAR helps create spaces in communities, in key institutions and in media for a dialogue on issues related to social development.
CFAR is Project Sammaan’s community engagement partner. They mobilize communities in the pre-construction stage, help elect and training community managers, engage with users after facilities open, and conduct regular handholding of communities to enable them to better manage the facilities.
Arkitechno consultants provided support in creating working drawings of the architectural designs, providing technical assistance in the hardware tendering process and assisting in site selection.
Feedback Foundation is the social development arm of Feedback Infra and was responsible for implementing the demand generation intervention in a random sub-set of project communities.
TARU was in charge of construction monitoring, process documentation, branding, monitoring of operations and maintenance (O&M) activities, activating grievance redressal and liaising with the municipalities. TARU set up a project management office and placed one helpdesk officer in each corporation to facilitate monitoring of operations.
Ajatus developed the mobile application used to track facility usage and to implement pricing interventions, and designed the web dashboard used for data management and to download usage data.
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.
Monell is a US-based institute that conducts and publishes interdisciplinary basic research on taste, smell and chemesthesis. Under Project Sammaan, Dr. Pamela Dalton conducted research related to malodor.
Quicksand conducted the Potty Project, a qualitative study on the state of sanitation in urban slums in India, which informed the design of Sammaan facilities and elements of the management.