A regional training program “Capacity building of local body members (selected) on water and sanitation” will be held in Kendrapara district of Odisha, India from September 3rd to September 29th 2018. This training program on water and sanitation has been designed as a programme of initiative and training workshop addressing various aspects of water and sanitation in the rural areas with special emphasis on the Swacha Bharat Mission or the Clean India Campaign of the Government of India addressing sanitation the SBA and Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) to make India Open Defecation Free by 2022.
It will be organized by the Institute for Rural Development and Planning (IRDP) with the financial support from Cap-Net UNDP and SaciWATERs. The aim of the training is to increase the capacity of the local body leaders as the local bodies are the implementing agencies of the programmes and schemes of the government and this kind of capacity building will bring good governance and overall development to the rural areas. This capacity building programme is going to train 210 ward councillors this time from 9 CD blocks of Kendrapara district of Odisha.
During the two weeks intensive programme experts from various fields, like-RWSS engineers, District Project Coordinator, District Capacity Build Experts and WASH Experts of IRDP will follow participants through technical sessions and will discuss about the Role & Responsibilities of PRIs on water and Sanitation, Sustainable Sanitation and water Management and will be imparting knowledge about the Programmes on Drinking Water & sanitation and how integration of cross sector development can happen.
The training session will also cover discussion on cost effective and appropriate technologies for ecologically safe and sustainable sanitation community managed environmental sanitation systems focusing on solid & liquid waste management. This training will have a strong fieldwork component to ensure that the local body leaders would identify the problems local villagers are facing and how they can use their knowledge for identifying the problems and applying for sustainable sanitation and water management. With the help of experts compiled Study materials will also be circulated among the participants.
It is expected that after the completion of training, the participants will have a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities in water and sanitation; the implementation mechanism of various programmes meant for socio-economic upliftment of poor, underprivileged and other marginalized sections; the community managed environmental sanitation systems focusing on solid & liquid waste management; and cost-effective and appropriate technologies for ecologically safe and sustainable sanitation and Participation of Gender in SBM.
The Cap-Net UNDP and SaciWATERs bring practical knowledge to the grass-root level and offers a unique opportunity for the local bodies and capacity builders to network amongst the community, and impact the environment of tomorrow.