By Catherine Chen (’16), Daniel Bruggers (’16), Lindsee Redmond (’16), Mick Pathompakawant (’16), Yusuke Matsuoka (’16)
WaterAid India (WAI), our client for our Applied Management Research field study project, is a nonprofit organization operating since 1986. WAI is recognized as a key player in the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sector. It offers three main services beyond overall water safety and hygiene awareness:
- Create greater infrastructure for potable water access;
- Reduce open-air defecation by increasing toilet availability;
- Provide feminine hygiene products to India’s women and girls.
WAI has finalized its strategic plan for the period 2016–2021. The organization is currently interested in customizing its strategic and operational plans to penetrate into Rajasthan state, but a scoping study is needed to review WAI’s entry and engagement there. The goal of our project is to determine the most effective approach for WAI to initiate its presence in Rajasthan and operate within the terms of improving the WASH situation there.