The Sanitation Tours: Understanding India's Experiments in Rural Sanitation

Does the Indian experience hold any lessons for African nations? 

Exposure Visit to India for African Journalists
January 20-24, 2020

Africa and India. Two vast lands, two peoples, but similar issues, problems and concerns. Whether it is open defecation or the devastating effects of climate change, we struggle and toil with the same kinds of environmental problems and with similar impacts. However, the way we respond to these problems and challenges may differ from country to country – and therein lies an opportunity to understand these issues better and to learn from each other about solutions, about what is working and where. 

India, which has for long struggled with the challenge of sanitation,recently declared itself open defecation free (ODF). From being vilified as the nation with the biggest population of open defecators in the world, its mission to clean up is now being seen as a huge step forward. Africa, too, has millions who have to resort to open defecation in the absence of viable sanitation systems and infrastructure. Does the Indian experience hold any lessons which Africa can imbibe? 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a leading New Delhi (India) - based research and advocacy body, has been working to highlight issues, concerns and practices related to rural sanitation in India and Africa. CSE invites journalists working in Africa to an Exposure Visit-cum-Briefing Tour to India, to understand the linkages that exist between environmental issues (such as sanitation) of the two regions and their communities; to witness and know about best practices; and to share reporting experiences with Indian counterparts. 

Journalists who cover sanitation, health and water-wastewater management will get preference. CSE's decision on selections would be final, and only the selected journalists would be intimated. Selected journalists would be expected to generate at least one feature story based on the visit and the subject of this tour. 

Broad itinerary

  • DAY 1: Arrival of all participants to New Delhi: January 20, 2020
  • DAY 2: Briefing sessions in New Delhi, followed by travel to Churu (6 hours by bus): January 21, 2020
  • DAY 3: Field visits in Churu: January 22, 2020
  • DAY 4: Travel to CSE’s training centre in Nimli (about 4-5 hours by bus), and reporting skill - building sessions in Nimli: January 23, 2020
  • DAY 5: Reporting skill-building sessions, followed by travel back to New Delhi airport, and departure from there: January 24, 2020

As indicated above, the visit will involve road travel (by buses) to villages and locations in the Indian state of Rajasthan – applicants should bear this in mind. A detailed programme itinerary and other information will be shared soon. The medium of communication will be English. 

Please apply here in English or write to the undersigned, by DECEMBER 23, 2019

Sukanya Nair
The CSE Media Resource Centre
India cellphone: +91 88168 18864