Who is DASRA?
Dasra is an advisory research organization, which works with philanthropists, multilateral agencies, corporate foundations, social enterprises, and non-profits, to scale social impact in India across multiple sectors. Founded in 1999, Dasra began working in WASH in 2012 after recognizing the crucial links WASH has to health and education, the areas Dasra was working in at the time. “In 2012, when we started work on toilets, many supporters of Dasra were shocked,” said Deval Sanghavi, Dasra Co-Founder. It was “a topic that typically was not funded,” so Dasra began researching the landscape of social entrepreneurs in need of support. Many of which were identified in their two WASH reports “Squatting Rights: Access to Toilets in Urban India” and “Spot On! Improving Menstrual Hygiene and Hygiene in India.”
Later, in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a “Clean India” campaign to build a toilet in every household in India by 2019. Now, Deval said, “toilets are a topic in every newspaper, every corporate boardroom, and every government discussion. That’s a huge opportunity to highlight innovations, share that with the rest of the community at large to see what works and what doesn’t, as well as bring a greater amount of credibility and accountability to the funds that will be spent to ensure that every household has a toilet.”