The Solid Waste Management (SWM) programme comes under the umbrella of Janaagraha's research programme. Its goals are five-fold: To provide a platform for scientific diagnosis and improvement of SWM services in urban India; to serve as an enabling mechanism for interaction between citizens and local government when making decisions on SWM issues; to permit a comparison, using the SWM index value, between communities within the city, and between cities, to identify practices and learnings which can enhance the SWM index; to research the validity of Janaagraha's REED framework by analysing the correlation between the quality of life index for urban services and the degree to which the governance framework conforms to the REED framework; and to create a template for modelling other indicators of urban quality of life for Indian cities.
In 2012-13 the SWM project aims to collect and analyse survey data for above and below poverty line households, as well as start waste management in slum areas for the survey process. It also aims to collect and analyse survey data for commercial entities. Importantly, the programme aims to build a Community of Practice (CoP) and conduct information sessions and seminars for them. Progressive updating of the programme's operational manual is also on the agenda.
The programme achieved its target of collecting and performing analysis on the survey data from 130 households.
The programme was not able to constitute the CoP because of changes to the structure of Janaagraha with respect to field associates (FAs). FAs are now pooled across programmes rather than belonging to one dedicated work stream. The SWM programme had formed its BSC targets on the assumption, that it would able to avail itself of four dedicated FAs, which in the end did not eventuate (due to the fact that they were absorbed by the Jaagte Raho! and ICMyC programmes based on priority).
Because the CoP was not able to be constituted, the programme was not able to meet this KPI.
In Q2, and indeed for the remaining quarters of the year, successful attainment of the targets will be dependent on the availability of required associates. This is a challenge that has been identified by Janaagraha and it will be met accordingly.
Volunteers conducting a waste audit at an apartment premises
Consolidating Bio-Degradable waste from survey units
Weight measuring process of consolidated waste on primises