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Conducting Baseline Study
For the Project, "Innovation Hub for Urban WASH Solutions"

Project background

National Institute of Urban Affairs, Delhi (NIUA), a premier research institute under Ministry of Urban Development (Government of India, GoI), in association with Taru Leading Edge, IRC and Ennovent, and with the strategic collaboration of YES BANK and Valluri Technology Accelerators, has initiated a project ‘Innovation Hub for Urban WASH Solutions’. This project is supported by USAID. The project will support the development of scalable solutions for urban water, sanitation and hygiene in India within the national, regional, state and city framework. The hub will lead activities that support the national and state urban initiatives linked to WASH (AMRUT, SBM, SMART City Programs) and proactively engage with a wide range of partners, to discover and develop innovations and devise intervention strategies and business models for delivering effective, affordable and sustainable WASH solutions in the Indian context. The initiative will contribute significantly to achieving the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6: for clean water and sanitation to all, and other national commitments by the GoI.

The primary goal of the initiative will be to improve urban WASH sector performance through incubation and acceleration of innovative solutions, technologies, programs and service delivery models within a collaborative framework. A core element of the initiative is to build partnerships with and between public, government (national/state/local), civil society, private sector stakeholders, academia, donors, etc. dedicated to establishing shared visions and improving WASH outcomes, as well as facilitating knowledge sharing among cities, states and national platforms. The project shall be piloted in three cities in three different states in India, over a period of three years.

Under the project, a base line study is proposed to be conducted with following objectives:

  1. To provide benchmark information and define targets for measuring project progress, achievements, effectiveness, quality of change, and impact (with respect to project goal and objectives and  intermediate result levels based on the project proposal including log frame) including WASH sector indicators adopted by the project.
  2. To provide an in-depth indicative baseline information on the WASH status at sector, national, proposed states and city levels with a view to guide the project planning, implementation and monitoring process
  3. To map the landscape of the WASH innovations across technology and business process domain  within incubation and acceleration frameworks
  4. To identify benchmarks and indicators as part of the project which can be used as a point of reference for monitoring and evaluation related to sector, government, USAID and SDG commitments

Scope and Methodology of the Assignment

The study entails following scope of assignment:

  • Designing of the baseline study in consultation with client and relevant experts
  • Literature review
  • Instrument development in English and local languages and orient the supervisors and field workers for the study
  • Primary and secondary data collection within quantitative and qualitative framework 
  • Consultations with relevant stakeholders at sector, national, state and city levels
  • Analyze the data
  • Ensure that lessons learned, problems and good practices are documented throughout the process inception report with the final research design
  • Drafting report with relevant baseline targets with factsheet and ensure that they are of good quality
  • A presentation kit of main results highlighting important analysis and trends
  • Incorporating feedback and finalization of report

Interested firms are requested to submit the technical & financial proposals for Conducting Baseline Study by January 23, 2017 by 5.30 pm to the following address:
The Director,
National Institute of Urban Affairs
1st Floor, Core 4B, India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003, INDIA

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