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In this FSMA Spotlights webinar we'll take a closer look at the Independent Sanitation Workers Cooperative and its role in strengthening the livelihoods of sanitation workers in Nepal.

Sanitation workers are the backbone of the sanitation system. Their services are essential for the smooth running of a city. In Nepal, sanitation work is often undertaken by people from lower castes or very poor communities. With the aim of improving the livelihood of sanitation workers, the Independent Sanitation Workers Cooperative Ltd. was formed. The cooperative formation and operation were carried out democratically through the active involvement of the sanitation worker community. The board was gender-inclusive and included members from lower castes. Through the cooperative network, several members found employment, received loans, and received relief packages during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The webinar will present the cooperative's main initiatives and milestones and also highlight its Covid-response activities, which had a significant impact on supporting sanitation workers during the pandemic.

As always, there will be time to ask questions after the presentation.


The FSMA Spotlights webinar series aims to highlight key aspects and discussions around FSM and the sanitation service chain.

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  • Prakash Amatya (CEO of Aerosan Sustainable Sanitation Pvt Ltd)

    Prakash Amatya

    CEO of Aerosan Sustainable Sanitation Pvt Ltd


    Prakash Amatya is an advocate for the migrant and underprivileged urban community in Nepal. He is also recognized in the community for his work in capacity building and knowledge transfer. Prakash has a diverse educational background holding a major in Microbiology, Environment and Business Management. He is experienced in promoting rainwater harvesting and freshwater conservation and approaches environmental issues from the perspective of the needs and limitations of businesses, municipalities and non-profit organisations.

    Upon contributing to the development of urban water supply and sanitation policies that benefit the impoverished, Prakash worked on promoting awareness and compliance for sanitation policies in urban development. This enabled him to further his professional competence in the field of urban community development in order to improve the livelihood and dignity of waste workers in the Kathmandu Valley. Prakash has also played an instrumental role in establishing the Freshwater Action Network in South Asia (FANSA) and continues to advocate at the regional and international level.

    Prakash continues to pursue his expertise in WaSH and urban development to find workable solutions for today’s problems. His professional background, inspiring leadership, optimism and personal humility have earned him a great reputation in the field.

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