TNUSSP functions through a Technical Support Unit (TSU) set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The TSU is led by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) along with CDD Society, Gramalaya and Keystone Foundation as partners.
Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS):
The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. IIHS aims to establish an independently funded and managed National University for Research and Innovation focused on the challenges and opportunities of India’s urban transition. The proposed IIHS University will host an integrated programme of quality campus-based education and research, training and lifelong learning for working professionals, distance and blended learning, as well as a whole array of practice and advisory services. The university will have a strong interdisciplinary orientation bringing together theory and praxis that is grounded in the South Asian context and also engages with and draws from knowledge across the globe.
Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society:
The CDD Society is a non-governmental organisation, started in 2002 and registered formally as not for profit society in 2005. The collaborative arrangement was formed with an agenda to find solutions to the existing sanitation challenges in India. This fulfils the aim of reducing the environmental burden due to pollution as a result of poor sanitation.To deal with untreated sewage, the partnership advocated the use of natural, biological treatment using a set of anaerobic and aerobic treatment technologies. The unique feature of Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS) was that it mimicked nature without the intervention of chemicals and mechanical elements.
Decentralisation and community participation are key approaches for CDD Society and it’s network’s work. This approach of decentralised infrastructure creation and it’s management have proven to be a democratic, sustainable and viable formula. It provides a lasting solution to diverse problems related to wastewater treatment, sanitation and solid waste management in urban and peri-urban locations.
Gramalaya is a non-governmental organisation that has been operating in the rural areas and slums of Tiruchirappalli District since 1987. These include Thottiyam, Thathaiengarpet, Thuraiyur Block and the slums of Tiruchirappalli City Corporation. Health and hygiene education, promotion of Self Help Groups (SHGs) among rural, urban and tribal women, construction of low-cost latrines and safe water supply through microcredit are the major activities of Gramalaya.
Gramalaya has been approved by the Government of India to train government officials in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. This is in its role as one of the National Key Resource Centres of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Currently, Gramalaya is working in five southern states including Pondicherry. It has experimented successfully with innovative models like microfinance for sanitation, child-friendly toilets, community managed pay-and-use latrines and school health programmes in rural, urban, tribal and coastal regions. So far, Gramalaya has constructed more than 1,00,000 toilets with funding from government schemes and with grant support from WaterAid, Water.org, Arghyam and UNICEF. Read more on www.gramalaya.in
Keystone Foundation has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) since 1993 with indigenous communities on eco-development initiatives. Their work focuses on apiculture, micro-enterprise development, non-timber forest produce, land and water management, revival of traditional agriculture and other issues concerning indigenous communities. Read more on www.keystone-foundation.org/