The Ahmedabad Sanitation Action Lab (ASAL) is a 3 year action research (2014-2017) for finding and implementing innovative solutions to school sanitation and sanitation problems in slums and slum-like settlements of Ahmedabad, in coordination with the government, NGOs and corporate partners. ASAL is led by Urban Management Centre (UMC) in partnership with Government of Gujarat (GoG) and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). The program is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ASAL's resource partners include Sintex Industries Ltd. (Sintex) and its associate partners include Mahila Housing Trust (MHT), MICA and Theatre Media Centre (TMC).
The program will provide technical assistance to the AMC for strengthening community engagement, improving operational and management processes for provision of water-sanitation services, and designing a targeted behavior change communication campaign. A Gujarat WASH alliance (GWA) will be formed and operationalised over the program period. Along with public and private sector partners, the GWA will replicate lessons from ASAL and other initiatives from across the globe in other cities throughout India.
ASAL will align its activities with the recently announced Swachh Bharat Mission by the Government of India and the Mahatma Gandhi Swachhta Mission of the Government of Gujarat. Municipal schools will be at the core of the intervention by introducing students to concepts of water-sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Students will become the ambassadors of change and will bring WASH learning to their homes and neighborhoods. Lessons from the program will be disseminated to other cities across India.